For information about infectious illnesses in childhood see the NHS.UK pages
Signs of serious illness in a child:
We carry out all childhood immunisations, except the BCG which protects against TB - these are done at Stag Lane Clinic at around 6 weeks and your Health Visitor or Midwife will inform you.
Our Baby Immunisation Clinic is on a Thursday afternoon by appointment only. Your child will be called up for immunisation from the central health authority computer. Sometimes there are delays so if it’s the right time (see below) but you’ve not yet had an appointment please contact the surgery. Also due to the complex schedule, and the short time scale, you may receive appointments for immunisations already given so check carefully. Please check-in at Reception and you will be added to the Nurse’s immunisation list. Please remember to bring your child’s Red Book so we can record the details for you (or, better, sign up for the eRedBook - see below).
If your child has a fever, is obviously very unwell or is just starting an illness, it is best to postpone the immunisations until they are better. Snuffles, coughs, and other minor illnesses or problems such as rashes and allergies do not require postponement.
For general information about the child vaccination programme and answers to your questions and concerns, including safety and busting all those myths, there is lots of information on NHS.UK here.
There are large amounts of nonsense and frank lies spread on social media about childhood vaccinations from many irresponsible, ignorant and sometimes malicious sources. Much of this vaccine phobia stems from a press frenzy caused by the publication in 1998 of a scientific paper which purported to show a link between the MMR vaccine and autism. It has been categorically disproved - there is NO RISK of autism from the MMR vaccine. The story came from some fraudulent research published in 1998 by a publicity-seeking doctor who was subsequently struck off for dishonesty and various other misdemeanours and is barred from ever practicing as a doctor in the UK and US. All his theories were looked at across the world and no substance was found in any of it. How anyone can still believe this nonsense is amazing.
Unfortunately some people have been scared off giving their children important vaccinations as a result. Because of this, immunisation rates have fallen in some areas to dangerously low levels. The loss of this 'herd immunity', which prevents the these infectious diseases reappearing, will, if outbreaks arise, have an effect on many of us whose own immunity may have dropped off over the years. People forget that illnesses we saw eradicated by the use of vaccines such as measles used to cause widespread debility, often with complications, sometimes long term disability and death. Many measles outbreaks have occurred since the scare as a direct result of the drop in vaccination level and a lot of children have been harmed as a result. In Western Europe 1 child will die in every 5,000 cases. More than 140,000 people worldwide died from measles in 2018, most of them children under 5yrs, death which would probably have been prevented by use of the safe vaccine. Before the measles vaccine deaths were around 8 - 10 times this number. Parents must have very good reasons for denying children this vital protection but often we find the vaccine deniers have a mix of superstition and fear based on heresay and anecdote and have no valid evidence to support their decision. Their children, who have no choice, are denied their protection and are at risk.
The same arguments apply to other vaccines such as meningitis, polio, mumps, haemophilus, pneumomoccal and so on.
Like everything else in life, vaccines are not completely risk-free. However in the case of all the vaccines used in the current UK routine schedule, the overwhelming evidence is that vaccinating is much, much safer than not vaccinating. The Vaccine Knowledge Project from Oxford University is a mine of information - all the questions you might have can be answered here and if you are worried about vaccine safety and efficacy you should look at the evidence for yourself.
The NHS.UK website also has good summaries of the facts of the safety and importance of vaccination.
|CHILD VACCINATION SCHEDULE|
|Age of your child||Vaccine type (click on hyperlinks to see full details)|
|8 Weeks||6-in-1 |
|12 Weeks||6-in-1 (2nd dose)|
|16 Weeks||6-in-1 (3rd dose)|
MenB (2nd dose)
Pneumococcal (PCV) (2nd dose)
MenB (3rd dose)
|2 - 10 Years||Flu (every year)|
|3 Year 4 Months||MMR (2nd dose)|
4-in-1 Pre-school Booster
|12 - 13 Years||HPV|
3-in-1 teenage booster
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