What the surgery does:
We have a high rate of immunisation levels in the children who are on our patient list. We very much wish to keep it that way and we hope that the information given below is helpful.
The practice operates a recall system based upon regular searches through the practice list to find children who are in need of vaccination. Parents / Guardians are then written too and invited to bring their children in for vaccination. Parents are also prompted to book an appointment to immunise their child during the routine six-week baby check. There are regular immunisation clinics held at the surgery, which can be freely booked by patients. It is very helpful to keep the vaccination record book ("Red Book") safe for reference. Feel free to contact reception if you have any queries.
If a vaccine is given when a baby still has antibodies to the disease, the antibodies can stop the vaccine working. This is why routine childhood immunisations do not start until a baby is two months old, before the antibodies a baby gets from its mother have stopped working. This is also why it is important for parents to stick to the immunisation schedule, as a delay can leave a baby unprotected. A delay can increase the chance of adverse reactions to some vaccines, such as pertussis (whooping cough).