Brockworth Surgery would like to advise all parents that it is vital that you continue to bring your children for their vaccinations. This is one area that we must continue with. We have received the following information from Public Health England today:
This morning on GMTV, Dr Hilary Jones made a statement that childhood immunisations were going to be suspended due to the corona outbreak. This is not the guidance from NHS England and the risk of suspending these vital injections may increase the risk of outbreak of vaccine preventable diseases, which could further impact the capacity of the NHS to treat and manage outbreaks, such as measles.
We realise how vitally important it is to protect the most vulnerable members of the population who cannot be immunised, and would actively encourage families with babies and young children to attend the surgery for immunisations as scheduled, unless the child or the family are presently showing symptoms of COVID-19 and would therefore be in self-isolation.
In addition to this, we are also hearing reports that the uptake of the antenatal pertussis (Whooping Cough) vaccination is being adversely affected by COVID-19, which adds to our concerns that neonates are being delivered without the benefit of having immunity from birth, via the trans placental route.
Sharon, our baby immunisation nurse, and our other nurses WILL be continuing with baby clinic on a Thursday and babies and children will be brought straight in and out, with the room etc being cleaned in between patients