Immunisation as crucial as ever to protect babies, children and adults

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People are being urged not to miss out on the protection that they and young members of their family need from immunisations.

The NHS is open for business and no-one should be concerned that clinicians are too busy dealing with Coronavirus to also carry out essential immunisations.

Dr Lorna Clarson, a GP and Chair of a Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent CCG said: “It is important that you or your baby or child still have routine immunisations at the right time. They protect against serious and potentially deadly illnesses and stop outbreaks in the community.

“The main difference you will see is that the clinician giving the immunisation will be wearing PPE. This is for your protection and shouldn’t put you off or make you concerned.

“It's important to go to your appointments unless you, your child or someone you live with has a fever or other symptoms of coronavirus.”

Immunisations usually given in school are being rescheduled.

Dr Clarson added: “If the person needing immunisation has coronavirus symptoms or is self-isolating because someone in the household is displaying symptoms, please contact your GP practice for advice.

“Please use official NHS sources for your advice on immunisations and advice on Coronavirus and not social media.”