Childhood vaccinations (also called immunisations), are continuing during the Covid-19 pandemic. Vaccinations are usually given by your GP Surgery or in schools. Please contact your GP to book an appointment. If your child goes to school, the schools immunisation team or the school will be contact with the parents/carers of children who will need a vaccination. The team is also offering vaccine catch-up sessions in the coming months for anyone of school age who may have missed a vaccine.
Vaccinations are one of the most effective measures to help you stay well. Vaccines work by making us produce antibodies to fight disease without actually infecting us with the disease. If the vaccinated person then comes into contact with the disease itself, their immune system will recognise it and immediately produce the antibodies they need to fight it.
Here's a checklist of the vaccines that are routinely offered to everyone in the UK free of charge on the NHS and the ages at which they should ideally be given.
If you're not sure whether you or your child have had all your routine vaccinations, ask your GP or practice nurse to find out for you. It may be possible to catch up later in life.
Try to have your vaccinations delivered on time to ensure protection. If you're not going to be able to get to the GP surgery when a vaccination is due, talk to your doctor, as it may be possible to arrange to have the vaccination at a different location.
Find out more about childhood vaccinations and view a childhood vaccines timeline. In Bromley the MMR immunisation recommended interval between first and second dose of MMR is three months. This is slightly different to other areas. This arrangement works well and is within the national guidelines.