HEALTH bosses are reminding parents to take their children for routine vaccinations which protect against serious and potentially deadly illnesses.
They say that while coronavirus has put limitations on our lives, it is important that you or your baby or child still have routine vaccinations.
Essential, routine vaccinations like the MMR jab can save a child’s life and are available through family doctors by contacting your usual GP surgery.
As long as those attending appointments do not have symptoms of Covid-19 or are not self-isolating because someone in the household is displaying symptoms, all scheduled vaccinations should go ahead as normal and can be booked by ringing your GP Practice.
Dr Ian Tait, Chair of NHS Herefordshire and Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Group said: “While GP Practices are taking measures to protect people from Covid-19, they are also working hard to ensure that people including babies, children and pregnant women still receive their routine vaccinations – they provide essential protection against potentially life-threatening diseases.”
High vaccine uptake can prevent a resurgence of infections, which can cause harm and put unnecessary added pressure on the NHS.
Those identified as clinically extremely vulnerable and have been shielding, please contact your GP practice for the latest advice on what to do.
A full list of vaccinations and when they are available, for children and adults, is accessible through the NHS website.