HSE urging parents to check children’s vaccination records

vaccantionThe HSE is urging parents to check their children's vaccination records.

In particular, parents of children that started school this September are being reminded to ensure that their children have received the school vaccination booster.

The HSE says the school booster vaccines include Diphtheria, Tetanus, Whooping cough, Polio, Measles, Mumps and Rubella, the Tetanus vaccine will prevent infection if a child gets a cut while at sports, while the MMR vaccine will prevent measles, mumps and rubella.

All children need two doses of the MMR vaccine for full protection.

Bernie Mc Nulty, Assistant Director of Public Health Nursing for Immunisation in Donegal is 'reminding all parents to review their child’s immunisation record and if there are any vaccines missing to please get their child immunised as soon as possible with their GP.'

The HSE says vaccines are free, safe and effective, with statistics for the first quarter of this year showing immunisation uptake at 12 months to be over 90%, while the figure for 24 months is over 85%.

The HSE statement concludes that everyone in the county wants Donegal to have the best shot possible at the All Ireland Final later this month, and parents should make sure that their please ensure that your child has the best shot possible also.