There are 4 entries on this page, the first two are general advice, the third is concerning whooping cough with the fourth about meningococcal vaccinations.
Please do read these as they are very important.
Protect Your Child
The practice continues to encourage all parents to have their children vaccinated and to contact the practice to confirm the vaccination status of their children and arrange any immunisation vaccinations as required.
Public health England released the following statement
The immunisation vaccinations offered by GPs are vital to protecting children and the wider population.
Unfortunately, in many areas, routine childhood vaccination rates are too low, as parents either decide against vaccination or fall behind in the schedule.
Across the South, the majority of local areas are not reaching the national target of 95% uptake. But far more worrying, many local areas are below 90%.
These low rates mean thousands of individual children are not fully protected and we are also failing to reach the level required to create wider “herd immunity”. This significantly raises the likelihood of local outbreaks of diseases such as measles, mumps and pertussis.
To underline this message:
WHOOPING COUGH URGENT PATIENT INFORMATION
KENT HEALTH PROTECTION HAS ADVISED THE PRACTICE THAT THERE IS AN OUTBREAK OF PERTUSSIS KNOWN COMMONLY AS WHOOPING COUGH. THIS PRESENTS AS MILD COLD-LIKE SYMPTOMS THAT DEVELOP INTO COUGHING FITS THAT CAN BE SEVERE AND EVEN LIFE THREATENING FOR INFANTS.
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?
- IF YOU ARE PREGNANT, OVER 16 WEEKS GESTATION PERIOD AND YOU HAVE NOT HAD A WHOOPING COUCH VACCINE WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND YOU TO HAVE THE VACCINATION.
- IF YOU ARE UNCERTAIN WHETHER YOU OR YOUR CHILD (2 MONTHS TO PRE-SCHOOL ENTRY) HAVE HAD THIS VACCINATION PLEASE SPEAK TO A RECEPTIONIST AND WE WILL CHECK YOUR MEDICAL RECORDS.
- IF YOU OR YOUR CHILD HAS THE SYMPTOMS – ACUTE COUGHING LASTING 14 DAYS OR MORE WITHOUT AN APPARENT CAUSE OR YOU HAVE BEEN IN CONTACT WITH A CONFIRMED CASE IN THE PREVIOUS 21 DAYS OR SOMEONE WHO IS PART OF AN ONGOING OUTBREAK INVESTIGATION e.g. CHILDREN AT SCHOOL/NURSERY WHERE PERTUSSIS IS KNOWN TO BE CIRCULATING, PLEASE CONTACT THE PRACTICE ASAP TO SEE A DOCTOR AS YOU MAY NEED ANTIBIOTICS.
Meningococcal ACWY conjugate vaccination (MenACWY) .
Since 2009, there has been a large increase in group W meningococcal (MenW) disease in England, resulting in several deaths in teenagers.
Older teenagers and young adults who are not vaccinated are at risk of getting MenW disease, so you need to get vaccinated to protect yourself. Vaccination helps protect you and others around you. You may have had a MenC vaccination before but you still need the MenACWY vaccine as this gives you the extra protection you need.
MenW disease continues to increase overall. Around a third of MenW cases in unvaccinated 15-19 year olds have been fatal. There have, however, been no cases in teenagers vaccinated under the current programme.
The vaccination is free and may save your life.
- Teenagers born between 01/09/1998-31/08/1999 (2017 school leaver cohort) are now eligible for urgent catch-up with MenACWY vaccination.
- Anyone born on or after 01/09/1996 who has missed routine school (administered in school years 9/10 at 13-15 years) or catch-up MenACWY vaccination;
- New entrants to higher education (university freshers) who have not yet been immunised with MenACWY vaccine.
If you are or know any family member who is within these 3 criteria, can you please contact the practice urgently to arrange your vaccination.