Childhood Vaccinations

Childhood Vaccinations

We know that your children are the most precious things in the world to you. Their health and wellbeing is everything. Vaccinations are one of the best ways that you can protect your child and their health. Each year, childhood vaccinations prevent up to 3 million deaths a year worldwide.

There are so many infectious diseases that were once detrimental to babies and children’s health, but nowadays, thanks to childhood vaccinations, they are no longer a cause for concern. Having your child vaccinated also helps protect other members of the community who for whatever reason is unable to be vaccinated. Contuniting with vaccination schedules is the best way to prevent the spread of disease.

All vaccinations are rigorously tested to ensure they are both safe and effective. Not having your child vaccinated poses a much greater threat to their health. Many vaccine-preventable diseases can cause serious health complications, hospitalisation and even death, and young children and babies can be particularly vulnerable to these effects.

Having your child fully vaccinated can help put your mind at ease, so you can enjoy your time with them with less worry.

We are a family friendly clinic and all our vaccines are administered in a safe and child-friendly environment. If you have any concerns or questions, one of our nurses will be happy to address them during your appointment.

Please don’t forget to bring your child’s “Red Book” so that we can keep their vaccination record up-to-date.

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MMR

Protect your child against three highly infectious and dangerous diseases with the 3-in-1 MMR vaccine. MMR protects against measles, mumps and rubella.

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DTP

Protect your child against diphtheria, tetanus and polio with the 3-in-1 DTP vaccine.

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Chickenpox

Chickenpox is rarely fatal but can cause serious health complications. Your child doesn’t have to suffer from the itchy rash and flu-like symptoms. Chickenpox is completely avoidable. It will also reduce their chance of developing shingles in later life.

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Tuberculosis (BCG)

The BCG vaccine can help to protect your child against tuberculosis. Children under the age of 6 can receive a BCG vaccine without needing a prior mantoux skin test. Children 6 year and older require a Mantoux test prior to a BCG vaccination.

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Pneumonia

Babies are one of the four major categories of people who are strongly recommended to receive the pneumococcal vaccine. This is because pneumonia can be particularly dangerous for babies.

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Meningitis B

The meningitis B vaccine protects your child against the most common type of meningitis. Meningitis can be fatal in 1 in 10 cases and is most serious for babies.

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Whooping Cough

Someone infected with whooping cough will find it hard to breathe and struggle to catch their breath. It can be particularly dangerous in young children and babies. Whooping cough can cause particularly severe side effects for babies under the age of 1.

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Meningitis ACWY

The meningitis ACWY vaccine protects your child against 4 types of meningitis (A, C, W and Y). These stains can cause septicemia which can be deadly. Teenages and young adults are particularly susceptible to these strains of meningitis.

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Hepatitis A

Vaccinating children against hepatitis A is important because children don’t always present symptoms of the disease and therefore can transmit it to adults who can experience severe health complications as a result.

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Hepatitis B

All children should be vaccinated against hepatitis B. This is recommended because the infection can persist in children for many years and can result in liver scarring and even liver cancer.

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Flu Jab

Flu is normally referred to as “just the flu” and most people don’t think of it as a serious illness but this is a dangerous misconception. Anyone can catch the flu and it can be highly unpredictable, sometimes leading to serious, life-threatening complications. The flu jab offers the best protection against the flu.

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HPV

Reduce your child’s risk of developing HPV-related cancers including head, neck, penile, cervical, anal and oropharyngeal (throat) with Gardasil 9, HPV vaccine. Children are vaccinated from age 9 onwards.

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Experience is Everything

When it comes to your health, experience is everything.

Our dedicated clinicians deliver unparalleled, individual care and attention. Experience translates into good clinical judgement, early and accurate diagnosis, timely treatment, and excellent, all-round care. It also brings fast access to a broad network of world-class specialists across the full range of medical and surgical disciplines.

When it comes to delivering excellence in private medical care, experience counts.

FAQs

We vaccinate babies by injecting them in the thigh as this is the safest option and minimum pain.

Even perfectly healthy children can fall very ill from infectious diseases. There is no predicting how anyone’s body might react when faced when exposed to an infection for the first time. Vaccinations protect against diseases that can cause serious illness and even death. Therefore, it is always safer to have your baby/ child vaccinated.

No, this was a very dangerous scientific scandal which has caused much vaccination hesitancy over the years.It has been discredited and the doctor involved in the published scientific paper was struck off for dangerous misinformation. There is absolutely no scientific evidence to suggest that there is a causal link between vaccines and autism.

All available vaccines are deemed safe and effective. With all medication, there is a small possibility of side effects, however, these are usually short term. If you are concerned you may wish to seek reassurance from our nurses prior to vaccination. They will be able to answer all your questions during your appointment.

No, there are no childhood vaccines that are required by law in the UK. However, there are some travel vaccines that are mandatory for entry to some countries. One of our travel nurses can advise you on this more specifically if you have any questions.

If your child misses a vaccination then don’t worry. Vaccinations can always be caught up on and given at a later date, even as an adult. You can book an appointment with one of our nurses to discuss which vaccinations your child is missing without any judgement.

No, there is no evidence to suggest that vaccines weaken the immune system.

No, with most vaccines, the bacteria that you’re protecting against has either been weakened or killed so that it cannot make you ill.

There is no guarantee that every child your child comes into contact with will be vaccinated and for every child that isn’t vaccinated, this gives infectious diseases more of a chance to spread. It is safer for both your child and other children for your child to be vaccinated.

No, rarely are vaccines 100% effective and the effectiveness can range from 70%-99% depending on the vaccine. However, it is still worth getting vaccinated as the more people are vaccinated, the less likely the disease is going to be in circulation.

Your child’s vaccination history is recorded in a red book and so that we can keep their vaccination records accurate and up to date, we would recommend that you bring it with you to your appointment. Although, rest assured, if you forget it, we can still see you and vaccinate your child without it.