Immunisations during the COVID-19 pandemic
Health Chiefs across the Black Country and West Birmingham are urging parents to take their children for their routine childhood immunisations at their GP surgery when they are invited to. Pregnant women should also take up the offer to have the pertussis (Whooping Cough) vaccine.
The two updated Parent Tips:
- one providing some basic information on the childhood immunisation programme, explaining how vaccines work, how they are regulated and why it is important to ensure your baby receives all the recommended immunisations
- the second, provides answers to “Frequently Asked Questions” and has been written by leading national experts. It covers getting your baby immunised and what to expect, including information on things such as soothing your baby during and after vaccinations, and what to do if they are poorly on the day of their appointment.
Just to reassure you that despite the current COVID-19 pandemic, it is still recommended that your child receives their vaccines as this protects them against other serious diseases that can still cause them harm.
Parent Tips - Childhood Immunisations 1: An introduction to childhood immunisations
Parent Tips - Childhood Immunisations 2: Frequently Asked Questions
- General medical services
- Child health surveillance
- Vaccinations and immunisations
- Ante-natal and Post-natal care
- Cervical screening
- Chronic disease management
- Contraceptive services
- Travel immunisations
- Minor surgery - by arrangement with our colleagues in the Walsall CCG
- Health Promotion
- Healthchecks for patient 40 to 74 years
- Weight control advice
- Influenza and pneumonia vaccinations
- Shingles vaccinations
- We also have a trained member of staff who is proficient in sign language should you need assistance - by appointment only
- All new university entrants up to 25 years old are eligible for the MenACWY vaccine - see the poster below.
- Learning Disability Healthchecks
Shingles can be very painful and affect your quality of life.
Shingles vaccine overview
Who can have the shingles vaccine?
Important Information for New University Entrants in England
Meningitis and Septicaemia can kill very quickly.
- Cases caused by meningococcal W (MenW) bacteria are increasing in the UK
- Teenagers and young adults have a higher risk of meningococcal W disease
- The MenACWY vaccine protexts against 4 meningococcal groups (A, C, W and Y)
If you are starting university, go to your GO to get the vaccination before you go. If you miss out, you can still register with a GP at uni and get the vaccination there.
All new university entrants up to 25 years old are eligible for the MenACWY vaccine.
For more information, speak to your doctor, or visit www.nhs.uk/vaccinations, www.meningitis.org or www.meningitisnow.org