Advice On Immunisation
It is very important that all children and babies are fully immunised. Illnesses such as diphtheria, tetanus and polio are, thankfully, rare now because of NHS immunisation policies. Whooping cough (Pertussis) causes a very distressing illness with severe prolonged coughing and it is strongly recommended that all babies have this vaccination along with their other baby injections (there are very few contra-indications). If you have any worries or queries about any aspect of your child’s immunisations, please feel free to discuss them with your doctor, the practice nurse, or the health visitor.
The current recommended vaccination schedule is as follows:
||1st dose Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Polio, HIB and pneumococcal
||2nd dose Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Polio, HIB and Meningitis C
||3rd dose Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Polio, HIB, Meningitis C and pneumococcal
||Hib and Meningitis C
||MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) and pneumococcal
|4 to 5 years
||Booster Diphtheria, Tetanus, Polio and MMR 2
|15 to 16 years
||Booster Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio
Tetanus spores are present in soil and may invade the body through injury, often through a puncture wound, but also through burns or trivial un-noticed wounds. It is therefore important to maintain immunity. If you think you may not be fully immunised, or that your immunity has lapsed, please make an appointment with the nurse.