Make sure children get lifesaving jabs, parents are urged

Make sure children get lifesaving jabs to avoid piling more pressure on the NHS, parents are urged

  • Parents are not taking their children for routine vaccinations during pandemic
  • Only one in four feel comfortable taking their child to a GP surgery for jabs
  • ‘National effort’ to vaccinate will help to relieve long-term pressures on the NHS

Parents have been urged to ensure their children get lifesaving vaccinations to avoid piling more unnecessary pressure on the NHS.

The Local Government Association (LGA) said a ‘national effort’ to vaccinate children and young people will help to relieve long-term pressures on the health service.

Meanwhile the NHS has told parents it was ‘crucial that your children get their jabs as normal’ as many have put it off during the coronavirus epidemic.

Health officials are concerned people are not taking their children for routine jabs, for fear of exposing them to coronavirus.

Parents are not taking their children for routine vaccinations during the pandemic for fear of exposing them to coronavirus, health officials fear

A survey of parents at the end of June showed one in four feel comfortable taking their child to a GP surgery for vaccinations – down from 91 per cent before the pandemic.

Last year the Daily Mail launched a major campaign to improve uptake of childhood vaccinations.

It followed an alarming NHS report revealing uptake has fallen for all ten childhood jabs, including measles, polio, meningitis and whooping cough, with anti-vaxx propraganda and rising complacency blamed for falling rates.

Experts are particularly concerned about the prospect of a resurgence in measles, after Britain lost it’s ‘measles free’ status from the World Health Organisation,

The LGA, which represents councils in England and Wales, yesterday called on the Government to set out a plan to ensure children get their jabs without overwhelming settings such as GP surgeries, clinics and schools.

It added that local authorities should be given the ‘necessary funding’ to allow their workforces to cope with demand.

Judith Blake, chairwoman of the LGA’s Children and Young People Board, said that, as long as people or members of their household are not displaying coronavirus symptoms or self-isolating, ‘vaccinations should happen as normal’.

Only one in four feel comfortable taking their child to a GP surgery for vaccinations – down from 91 per cent before the pandemic, survey of parents reveals

‘The national immunisation programme is highly successful in reducing the number of serious and life-threatening diseases such as whooping cough, scarlet fever and measles,’ she said.

‘High vaccine uptake can prevent a resurgence of these infections, which can cause harm and put unnecessary added pressure on the NHS.

‘We really do encourage parents to check if their child needs any vaccinations to make sure they are properly protected.’

Dr Nikki Kanani, a GP and NHS England national director of primary care, said: ‘Vaccines provide vital protection against life-threatening diseases and, as a mum and a GP, I want to remind other parents out there that getting your kids their vaccination is not only safe, but essential.

‘Despite the ongoing pressure brought by the Covid-19 pandemic, MMR and other vaccination appointments are still going ahead safely – and so as long as you or your family members are not displaying symptoms of coronavirus, or self-isolating, it is crucial that your children get their jabs as normal.’ 

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