World Immunisation Week – Is your child protected?
23 – 29 April 2018

Healthy Living begins with pre-school Vaccinations

This week is World Immunisation Week and Wiltshire Council and NHS Wiltshire CCG are reminding parents and carers the importance of vaccinating their child against a host of serious diseases.   

The vaccinations which children receive in their early years, between birth and when they first go to school, give them safe and effective protection against infections such as meningitis, diphtheria, polio, measles and mumps.  If a child isn’t vaccinated, they are at a higher risk of falling ill.

The uptake of childhood immunisations across Wiltshire is generally good and a vast majority of parents do ensure their child has been fully protected, but there are many children who are missing doses and are therefore at risk.

We want to ensure we give our children the best start in life. We are encouraging parents to protect their families by ensuring their children receive the right vaccines at the right time. It’s important that children have all the required vaccinations prior to starting school. If parents are unsure of their child’s vaccination status, please speak to your GP practice or other child health care professional to make sure your child is up to date.”

We would like to remind all parents to ensure their children have their MMR second dose before 5 years old as this protects them from Measles, Mumps and Rubella, and DTap/IPV Booster which protect against Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis and Polio. These diseases are in circulation and an infection can cause serious compilations, particularly for a child.  But it is not only the child who is protected, vaccination programmes protect the whole population by making it harder for a disease to spread to others.

For further information about vaccinations and to download a personalised vaccination calendar please visit the NHS Choices website.