GP programmes put vaccine rates up for Derbyshire kids

CHILDREN across the area are being vaccinated against disease in record numbers, new figures show.

GPs across Derbyshire are delivering enough jabs to beat tough Department of Health targets, says NHS Derby City and NHS Derbyshire County.

On average more than per cent of children living in Derbyshire are now vaccinated against MMR by the age of two.

The number of children having their pre-school boosters, which protect against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio and MMR, is also at a record high, with 93 per cent having this jab by the age of five.

Said Dr Bruce Laurence, deputy director of public health for NHS Derbyshire,: “High vaccination levels need to be maintained to ensure these highly contagious diseases do not spread either in individuals who are not vaccinated or babies who are too young to be immunised.

“Child vaccines are also crucial for a child’s health and wellbeing and to prevent the onset of serious illness, and recent increases in measles cases across Europe and the UK show we cannot be complacent.

“We’d urge anyone whose child is not fully vaccinated to contact their GP practice or health visitor for more advice.”

Information on planning for childhood vaccines, including a checklist, can be found at www.nhs.uk.