During World Immunisation Week Health Organisations across Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes are highlighting the importance of vaccination.
27 April 2021
Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes CCG (BLMK CCG) together with Public Health across the region are urging residents to make sure they are up to date with their vaccinations. In particular, it is important that vaccinations for MMR (Measles Mumps and Rubella), Maternal Pertussis (Whooping cough) and Shingles are up to date.
GP practices can advise patients if they or their children are up to date with their vaccinations and if not catch-up vaccinations can be given.
World Immunisation Week is taking place between 24 April – 30 April 2021 and promotes the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against vaccine-preventable disease. Immunisations saves millions of lives every year and is widely recognised as one of the world’s most successful health interventions.
Yet, there are still nearly 20 million children in the world today who are not getting the vaccines they need, and many miss out on vital vaccines during adolescence, adulthood and into old age. The UK has a comprehensive immunisation schedule offering protection against common infectious diseases.
The theme of this year’s immunisation week is how ‘Vaccines bring us closer’, providing an opportunity to raise awareness and promote the importance of vaccinations by highlighting how vaccinations are safe and saves lives.
Dr Sarah Whiteman, Clinical Chair Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes CCG commented;
“Now more than ever vaccines are proving their worth by helping us through the current COVID-19 pandemic. It is also important that as we emerge from the stages of lock-down and come back closer together, we do not see a resurgence of other infectious preventable diseases. Ensuring our immunisations are up to date, particularly our children’s, is one measure we can all take to protect our families, communities and ourselves”
Residents can contact their GP, midwife or health visitor to ask about the vaccination schedule and more information about the NHS vaccination programme is available at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/nhs-vaccinations-and-when-to-have-them/