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Make sure you're up to date with your vaccinations

Wednesday, 28 April 2021

It's important that vaccinations for MMR (measles mumps and rubella), pertussis (whooping cough) and shingles are up to date.

Your GP can advise if you or your children are up to date with vaccinations and if not, catch-up vaccinations can be given.

World Immunisation Week takes place between 24 April to 30 April 2021 and promotes the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against vaccine-preventable disease. Immunisations save millions of lives every year and are widely recognised as one of the world’s most successful health interventions.

Yet, there are still nearly 20 million children globally who are not getting the vaccines they need, and many miss out on vital vaccines during adolescence, adulthood and into old age. The UK has a comprehensive immunisation schedule offering protection against common infectious diseases.

Councillor Tracey Stock, our Executive Member for Health, Wellbeing and Communities says:

As a result of the pandemic, we are all witnessing first-hand the amazing role vaccines play in helping to protect people within our communities.

It is important not to forget that there are also a host of other disease out there – such as Measles, Whooping cough and Shingles – that are all preventable through the use of vaccines.

By ensuring we are all up to date with our vaccinations – we are all taking steps to protect the lives of those within our community and family.

Contact your GP, midwife or health visitor to ask about the vaccination schedule, or visit the NHS's website.