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Is your child vaccinated? If not, they’re not protected

Childhood infections like measles and whooping cough are rising, with outbreaks across the country.

Such infections can have a huge impact on your child’s life. They can miss out on school due to time spent unwell, be hospitalised, and even experience life-long complications and disability.

If your child isn’t vaccinated, they’re not protected.

In Dorset, clinicians are asking parents and carers to check their children’s vaccinations are up to date and if not to speak to their GP.

Vaccinations have ensured the UK has been declared free of diseases such as polio, with others, like diphtheria, almost fully controlled. However, in recent years we have seen a trend of lower vaccine uptake, and this has been exacerbated by the pandemic.

The UK’s childhood vaccination programme prevents around 5,000 deaths, and over 100,000 hospital admissions, each year in England.

All childhood vaccinations offered by the NHS have been used in millions of children worldwide and have an excellent safety record. All medicines can cause side effects, but all health authorities around the world agree that immunisation is the safest way to protect our children’s health.

Rachel Partridge, Deputy Director of Public Health for Dorset and BCP Councils, said “Childhood routine vaccinations are our best line of defence in preventing childhood diseases which can cause illness and serious complications for some.

“Vaccination rates nationally have declined in recent years, and latest outbreaks in London and the West Midlands have reminded us of why it is such an important topic. We are taking this opportunity to remind parents and carers to check their child’s vaccinations are up to date to ensure they are best protected against a range of infections.

“If you are unsure if your child has missed any of their routine immunisations, firstly check your Red Book or do speak to your GP practice.”

Dr Simone Yule is a local GP with the Blackmore Vale Group in north Dorset. She said “Vaccination saves lives. Please book your child in at your GP practice for their immunisations, we will be very pleased to see you!

“When your child is vaccinated it helps protect the health of the whole community. Make sure you get your child booked in at your GP practice for their immunisations.”

Please visit www.nhs.uk/childhoodvaccinations for the full immunisation timetable and information on how to book.

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