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NHS urge parents to ensure children are up to date with immunisations

Community news on behalf of NHS | 8 March 2023

Parents across London are being urged to ensure their children are up to date with routine immunisations, particularly mumps, measles, and rubella (MMR) and polio.

Many children missed vital routine vaccinations over the past couple of years as a result of the pandemic, putting them at risk of preventable diseases.

The low vaccination rates for MMR can mean increased risk of an outbreak, which could lead to serious illnesses including meningitis and pneumonia.

A high level of vaccine uptake is essential to keep everyone safe by reducing the spread of disease and risk of larger outbreaks, which could severely affect children's health.

Parents and guardians are advised to check their child's health record, usually the red book, to see if they are up to date on all their routine immunisations. If not, they are advised to make an appointment with their GP as soon as they can. View the full list of routine vaccinations.If you would like more information on getting your child vaccinated read Vaccination tips for parents (NHS). If you have questions about routine vaccinations and would like to speak to a professional, you can do so at our community health bus, which will be at two more locations in the borough this month, or COVID-19 and flu jab pop-up being held from 11am to 5pm on Tuesdays in March at Richmond and Hillcroft Adult Community College.

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Up to: March 2023

Updated: 8 March 2023

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