Immunisations

Vaccination is the most important thing we can do to protect ourselves and our children against ill health. They prevent up to 3 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. Other diseases like measles and diphtheria have been reduced by up to 99.9% since their vaccines were introduced. However, if people stop having vaccines, infectious diseases may quickly spread again.

Doctors and nurses in Coventry are eager to continue immunisations during the COVID-19 pandemic to protect residents and they want to reassure people that they have worked hard to keep women and families safe from COVID-19.  Please note that all routine childhood vaccinations are free.  

All vaccines are thoroughly tested to make sure they will not harm you or your child. It often takes many years for a vaccine to make it through the trials and tests it needs to pass for approval.

Speak to your GP practice or your Health Visitor if you're worried about you or your child having a vaccine.  You can text your Health Visitor on CHAT Health: 07507 329114 or via Facebook.

Pork gelatine can be found in the Mumps, Measles and Rubella (MMR) vaccination but there is another MMR vaccine that you can have that does not have pork gelatine in it, but you must ask your GP for this vaccine before your appointment.  Read about how and why pork gelatine is used in very few vaccines.  This leaflet is available in English, Urdu, Bengali and Arabic.

In the UK, like many other countries, the Tuberculosis vaccine (called the BCG) is offered to babies who are likely to come into contact with someone with Tuberculosis (TB). This includes babies who live in an area with high rates of TB or babies with parents or grandparents from a country with high rates of TB. Read about which babies should have the vaccine and why the vaccine is important (in Arabic, Bengali, Farsi, Hindu, Nepali, Pashto, Punjabi, Somali and Urdu).

Remember

  • Maintaining your baby’s vaccination schedule is vital to help ensure they are protected against dangerous preventable diseases
  • Children must receive their pre-school booster before entering school; it’s never been more important to protect our school communities from preventable diseases
  • The vaccination programme has not stopped; it has continued to be offered by GP practices throughout the COVID19 crisis
  • It is safe to visit your GP surgery for routine vaccinations, they are taking extra precautions to ensure you remain safe. You can always ring and speak to them if you have any concerns
  • It is important to get routine vaccines on time and every time. Don’t wait until a disease outbreak
  • Protect your NHS and get vaccinated
  • Protect your school and community and get vaccinated

Resources

Downloadable resources about immunisation including social media messages in other languages and a COVID-19 poster.

Listen to a Coventry Health Visitor talking about the importance of vaccinations

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