Richmond Practice - Immunisation

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Immunisation

By Dr Daniela Peeva MD, Consultant paediatrician at +richmond practice

Immunisation is a way of protecting against serious diseases. Once we have been immunised, our bodies are better able to fight these diseases if we come into contact with them.

Reasons to Protect Children Through Vaccination
  • Vaccination protects children from serious illness and complications of vaccine-preventable diseases which can include amputation of an arm or leg, paralysis of limbs, hearing loss, convulsions, brain damage, and death.
  • Vaccine-preventable diseases, such as measles, mumps, and whooping cough, are still a threat. They continue to infect children, resulting in hospitalizations and deaths every year.
  • Though vaccination has led to a dramatic decline in the number of cases of several infectious diseases, some of these diseases are quite common in other countries and are brought to the UK by international travellers. If children are not vaccinated, they could easily get one of these diseases from a traveller or while traveling themselves.
  • Vaccination is safe and effective. All vaccines undergo long and careful review by scientists, doctors, and the government to make sure they are safe with many organisations strongly supporting vaccinations
  • If children aren’t vaccinated, they can spread disease to other children who are too young to be vaccinated or to people with weakened immune systems, such as transplant recipients and people with cancer. This could result in long-term complications and even death for these vulnerable people. Therefore we all have a public health commitment to protect our communities and one another.
When to consult your doctor?
Vaccinations are carried out throughout a child’s life at different points with information about the schedule of NHS vaccinations available at; http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/pages/childhood-vaccination-schedule.aspx and those available at our practice at; http://richmondpractice.co.uk/Paediatrician.html

Many parents are also worried about the safety of vaccines in regards to a strong movement, particularly in America, who oppose vaccinations as they believe it is linked to autism. This link, which was first reported in 1998 but other theories have been around before that, has been refuted multiple times by a wide range of health governing bodies and vaccinations are recommended for all as they help protect against dangerous and potentially fatal diseases.

At +richmond practice we offer a wide range of vaccines for children, some of which are not available on the NHS,  which are administered by our paediatricians who have a special interest in viral infections so you know your child will be receiving the best possible care. If you would like to book in an appointment please contact us, we look forward to helping you and your family.
 

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