Please check your child is up to date with their routine vaccinations before they start school in September 2019.
Before your child begins school it is really important that they are up to date with their vaccinations to protect themselves from several contagious and potentially serious diseases.
At school, children will be mixing with large numbers of other children in a confined environment, which increases the risk of germs (virus and bacteria alike) spreading. Vaccination builds children’s immunity to protect against these illnesses. It also, for a number of diseases, stops these germs being spread, thus protecting the very vulnerable children who may not have, or may not be able to develop, immunity.
In London, vaccination rates in children are lower than needed. This puts unvaccinated children at greater risk and increases the likelihood of an outbreak in the wider population. We currently have outbreaks of measles in London and outbreaks are also being seen in other parts of the UK along with large outbreaks across Europe. Measles is a highly infectious viral illness that can be very unpleasant and sometimes lead to serious complications.
The best protection against measles is to ensure your child has had two doses of the mumps, measles and rubella (MMR) vaccination. Therefore, before your child begins school please check with his/her GP that they have had their routine vaccinations scheduled for 3 years and 4 months of age. These vaccinations include: diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio (DTaP/ IPV) and the second dose of measles, mumps, rubella (MMR).
Please also check that they are up to date with all the other vaccinations that they would have been invited for as a baby and at 12 months old.
If you are not sure if your child has had all their routine vaccinations, check their personal health record (Red Book) or contact us on 020 7793 3100. For a checklist of the vaccines and the ages at which they should ideally be given visit www.nhs.uk/vaccinations