East Riding CCG urges parents and carers to protect their children through vaccination
GPs in this area are encouraging parents and carers to prioritise routine early childhood vaccinations.
The NHS East Riding of Yorkshire CCG said while the Covid-19 vaccine is ‘the hottest topic on everyone’s lips at the moment’ it is extremely important that children get their routine vaccinations.
A NHS East Riding of Yorkshire CCG spokesman said: “Vaccination is the most important thing we can do to protect our children against ill health.
“In fact, they prevent up to three million deaths worldwide every year.
“Since vaccines were introduced in the UK, diseases like smallpox, polio and tetanus that used to kill or disable millions of people are either gone or seen very rarely.
“However, if people stop having vaccines, it’s possible for infectious diseases to quickly spread again and so it is very important to ensure your child is vaccinated.
GP Dr Amy Oehrin: “Vaccines teach your child’s immune system how to create antibodies that protect them from diseases. It’s much safer for their immune system to learn this through vaccination than by catching the diseases and treating them.
“All vaccines are thoroughly tested to make sure they will not harm you or your child and it often takes many years for a vaccine to make it through the trials and tests it needs to pass for approval.
“Protecting your children through vaccination is one of the most important things you can do. I understand it is hard to see your little one feeling uncomfortable, but any mild side effects, such as a high temperature or sore arm, will only last a couple of days and can be eased with liquid paracetamol or ibuprofen.”
You can find out when your child is due their vaccinations online here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/nhs-vaccinations-and-when-to-have-them/
Go to https://youtu.be/-d2DI9sg1rk to see Dr Amy Oehring’s advice on childhood vaccinations.