Whooping cough vaccine for pregnant women
Following recent outbreaks of whooping cough in infants, women who are between 20 and 38 weeks pregnant are encouraged to have the whooping cough vaccine. Please make an appointment at reception. Further information can be found here.
Pneumonia affects about 5-10 people per 1,000 of the adult population - it isn't seasonal and can affect you at any time of the year. Adults aged 65 or older tend to suffer more severely and with more complications, so are eligible for a free NHS vaccination (Pneumovax). Younger patients who are particularly susceptible to severe infection or complications may also be eligible. Your GP may offer you the vaccination if you are eligible or you can book an appointment with the practice nurse. In most circumstances one vaccination will last you the rest of your life, unless you have certain illnesses such as chronic kidney failure or you have had your spleen removed, in which case you need a booster every 5 years.
Guidance on childhood infection control; click here.
Measles, Mumps and Rubella
At Priory Avenue Surgery we believe that all healthy boys and girls should be immunised against measles, mumps and rubella (German measles) with 2 doses of the MMR vaccine.
One dose of the MMR vaccine gives an estimated 90-95% protection against measles and mumps and 98% for rubella. The second vaccine dose helps take these figures to over 99%.
The medical and scientific communities do not believe that there is any association between the MMR and Autism. The original work has been discredited and the doctor that promoted the discredited research has lost his licence to ever practice medicine again.
There is no advantage in children having the single antigen vaccines. These are not licensed (their effectiveness has not been put to scrutiny for an official UK licence), there is no mumps vaccine available (mumps can be a serious disease in children and adults), and a child will need 4 injections, while the MMR vaccine requires just two doses.
Measles is extremely infectious. From contact to symptoms it takes 9 to 12 days. A child is infectious already 1 to 2 days before any symptoms appear. Once the rash appears, the child has already been infectious for 3 to 5 days before and remains infectious for another 4 to 5 days after the rash appears. One in 15 children that go down with measles infection will develop complications from this infection, that range from ear infections, pneumonia, convulsions, meningitis. One in 3000 children that is infected with measles will die. One in 8000 that get the infection before they are 2 years of age, will die sometime in their first decade of life from late neurological complications of measles. Mumps is also a serious disease that can result even in meningitis. Rubella is very important for pregnant women as it damages the unborn child.
Parents should strongly consider immunising their children with the MMR vaccine in these situations:
- any child who has not received two doses of the MMR will need to receive two doses of the vaccine
- children who have received only one dose of the MMR vaccine need a second dose
- children who have received single-antigen vaccines need two doses of the MMR vaccine to ensure they are immunised
If you would like to obtain more information, you may wish to consider the following websites: