Your guide to immunisation and vaccines

Immunisation helps protect against serious diseases such as measles, mumps, whooping cough and polio.

Find out why immunisation is important, when to immunise, what vaccines are available and what they protect against.

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Latest updates:

European Immunisation Week, 22 - 26 April 2014

It's European Immunisation Week. Throughout the week we'll be highlighting immunisations available in Scotland at each stage of a person’s life.

Today we are looking at immunisations offered to teenagers. The HPV vaccine is given to girls aged 12 to 13 years old and helps to protect against cervical cancer. Many measles cases in recent years have occurred in this age group. Find out more about these and other vaccines offered during the teenage years.

For more on European Immunisation Week, follow the Twitter hashtag #eiw2014 or visit the campaign website.

National MenB immunisation programme recommended for infants

The Scottish Government has welcomed an announcement from the JCVI recommending a Meningitis B vaccination programme for infants.