Getting Routine Vaccinations Could Save Your Child’s Life

19 June 2020 4:43pm

To prevent outbreaks of serious diseases and reduce any unnecessary pressure on the NHS, residents in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin are being encouraged by local health leaders to attend all regular vaccination appointments.

NHS teams are continuing to work hard to help people to manage illness linked to coronavirus (COVID-19), but essential vaccinations for babies, pre-school children and adults are continuing as normal.

Routine vaccinations are offered free of charge in the UK and are booked through your GP practice.

Dr Julian Povey, Chair of NHS Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and local GP, said: "It is really important that you or your child have routine vaccinations. These vaccines protect against serious and potentially deadly illnesses and stop outbreaks in the community. One of the best ways to protect babies against diseases like measles, rubella and meningitis is through immunisation.

"We know it’s a worrying time, but we would like to reassure you that it is safe to go to your GP practice and have your vaccinations as measures are in place to minimise any risk to you and your family from coronavirus."

Dr Jo Leahy, Chair of Telford and Wrekin CCG and local GP, said: "For the best protection vaccines need to be given on time. If you, or your child, have missed a vaccination appointment because of the pandemic, please contact your GP practice to re-book your appointment.

"While the NHS works hard to treat people affected by coronavirus, it is vital that parents and carers make sure that their children have these lifesaving jabs. Vaccinations like the MMR jab could save a child’s life."

If the person needing a vaccination has coronavirus symptoms, or is self-isolating because someone in the household is displaying symptoms, please contact your GP practice to reschedule. If you, or a member of your household develops coronavirus symptoms, you should follow government guidance and reschedule your appointment.

Visit www.nhs.uk/vaccinations for more information about vaccinations.

Visit https://www.nhs.uk/start4life for a full list of your baby or toddlers vaccination and immunisation schedule.