Immunisation is the safest way and most effective way of protecting your child against serious diseases. By having your child immunised at the recommended times, you are protecting them through childhood against
- Whooping cough (Pertussis)
- Hib ( Haemophilus influenzae type b)
- Meningitis C
- Flu (pre school age)
- HPV (Girls who miss this as school Yr9)
- Meningitis ACWY (aged 16-20)
These diseases can be very serious. Immunisation not only protects your child but also prevents the disease spreading and protects other children who can not be immunised because they have serious medical conditions.
The practice will send you a letter when your child’s immunisations are due. Appointments for vaccinations are with the practice nurse and will last approximately 15 minutes. For preschool children you will need to bring your child’s red book to this appointment.
Up to date information on childhood immunisations is available from the NHS Direct helpline – 0845 46 47, from the NHS website:http://www.immunisation.org.uk/ or pick up a “Guide to Childhood Immunisations” Leaflet from reception.
If you do have concerns or queries about the childhood immunisation programme, your health visitor or practice nurse will be happy to discuss them with you.