Alternatives to immunisation
Is immunisation voluntary?
In the UK parents can choose whether to have their children immunised. Children who are not immunised run a risk of catching diseases and having complications. Immunisation is the safest way to protect your child.
Having children immunised at an early age means they are well protected by the time they start playgroup or school where they are in contact with lots of children. If you have any doubts or questions about immunisation, talk to your health visitor, practice nurse or doctor.
Can homoeopathic vaccines protect against infection?
No, there is no proven, effective alternative to conventional immunisation. Homoeopathic medicine has been tried as an alternative to the whooping cough vaccine but it was not effective. The Council of the Faculty of Homoeopathy (the registered organisation for doctors qualified in homoeopathy) advises parents to have their children immunised with conventional vaccines.
This information has been sourced from Health Promotion England.