Childhood Immunisations

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE
Some patients might have seen a recent comment on daytime TV suggesting that the childhood immunisation programme has been suspended as a result of coronavirus. This is not the case. It is important that you still attend any childhood immunisation appointments you have – unless you or your child has symptoms of coronavirus. 
Dr Kingston explains here why it's important to attend your childhood immunisation appointments. 
 
We have received enquiries asking for advice about infant vaccination, as a result of some parents having difficulties in obtaining infant paracetamol suspension as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. Click here to read our update. 
 

What does Frome Medical Practice offer? 

Frome Medical Practice delivers the immunisation programme for children under school age.

You will receive invitations for these appointments via the Child Health Department. Appointments take place at Frome Medical Practice and are carried out by one of our Practice Nurses.

Any concerns about your appointment – please contact Child Health on 01278 589225.

If your child missed their immunisation in school, is home educated, needs to catch up with their immunisations for any reason or you need to are unsure which immunisations they have already have please contact the Practice on 01373 301301, preferably after 2pm when our phone lines are less busy.

 

Other support available

Parents can often feel nervous about taking their baby for immunisations, especially as there have been scare stories in the press in recent years. But immunising children is one of the safest ways of protecting them from threats to their life or long term health from preventable diseases.

Your health visitor can give you information to make informed decisions about your child’s immunisations.

Information on why vaccinations are safe and important is available here

The Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust delivers the routine national immunisation programme to school aged children in Frome. This includes the following vaccinations; flu, HPV, meningococcal disease and Diptheria, Tetanus and Polio.

The NHS vaccination schedule for babies under 1 year old, children aged 1 to 15, adults and pregnant women is available here.