Health conditions and health care

Immunisations

Immunisation saves lives. It's one of the most successful and cost-effective public health interventions, and a cornerstone of public health. High rates of immunisation are key to preventing the spread of infectious disease and protecting the health of the population. The World Health Organisation estimates that 3 million lives are saved every year worldwide through immunisation.

It's important that all children and babies are fully immunised to protect them from potentially serious diseases. Once common illnesses, such as diphtheria and tetanus, are now rare in the UK because of immunisation. But while polio has been eliminated in Europe, the threat of other diseases, such as measles and meningitis, has not gone away.

Adults also benefit from immunisation. Some people will need immunisations to protect their health in work or if travelling, and national programmes exist to protect those at risk from conditions such as influenza and pneumococcal disease.

Southwark Public Health Division, together with key partners and stakeholders have produced a number of documents identifying the local population needs. Please note that this list will be updated as and when the new information becomes available.

Southwark JSNA reports

Other local plans and strategies

External resources

Page last updated: 16 September 2021

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