Families of children aged nine to 19 years who have missed or previously refused routine immunisations are being invited to make an appointment with their GP practice to ensure their child is up to date with their childhood vaccinations. This will ensure that they are fully protected from any vaccine preventable diseases like mumps, measles, rubella (German measles), whooping cough (pertussis) and meningitis.
A letter from the acting director of public health, Geoff Barnes, is being sent to the families of 1,785 children that are known to have missed or previously refused immunisations.
Geoff Barnes said, ‘It is important that children are fully protected by having the full course of vaccinations required.’
‘It is never too late to have childhood immunisations even if parents have refused in the past. It is particularly important for women to be protected against rubella as this can affect their unborn baby if she contacts rubella during pregnancy.’
‘If any family is worried about whether their child has missed any of their immunisations then even if they don’t receive a letter they can contact their GP practice to discuss this further’.
GP practices will be available to identify the vaccines children are missing and make sure that they are given these as soon as possible.
Families can find out more about immunisations;
In their child’s red book
NHS choices http://www.nhs.uk/Planners/vaccinations/Pages/childvaccines.aspx
NHS Direct on 0845 4647