As a parent, you may not like seeing your baby or child being given an injection. However, vaccination will help protect them against a range of serious and potentially fatal diseases.
There are three good reasons to have your child vaccinated:
- vaccinations are quick, safe and extremely effective
- once your child has been vaccinated against a disease, their body can fight it off better
- if a child isn't vaccinated, they're at higher risk of catching – and becoming very ill from – the illness
There will always be some children who are unavoidably unprotected because:
- they can't be vaccinated for medical reasons
- they're too young to be vaccinated
- they can't get to the vaccine clinics
- the vaccine doesn't work (although this is rare)
However, if more parents have their children vaccinated, then more children in the community will be protected against illness. This lowers the chance of a measles outbreak.
Due to children not being vaccinated, the UK has now lost its measles-free status three years after the virus was eliminated in the country.
This potentially deadly and extremely contagious infection can be prevented through at least two doses of the MMR vaccine; this is provided by the NHS and given to our own patients for FREE.
Most patients who do catch measles will recover; however, it can lead to life-threatening complications.
The majority of new measles cases have been patients that were NOT vaccinated as a child; as a consequence has contracted this infection in their younger adulthood.
If your child is able to have a vaccine, has not yet had it and overdue please call us on 01273 492255 and we can book them in with our nurse.
If you are now an adult and you believe you are not up to date on your MMR vaccine please give us a call and we can check whether you are up to date, alternatively, you can sign up for our online services where you should be able to see any immunisations you have had.
For more information on the current outbreak please click HERE.
For more information on the MMR vaccine please click HERE.
Here at Henfield Medical Centre, we will be notified by the Children's Health Bureau when your child's immunisations are due and we will send you a letter with an appointment, normally this clinic runs on a Monday afternoon.