Improving the uptake of childhood, teenage and adult immunisation is important to prevent the spread of communicable diseases, which can cause severe ill health and, in some cases, death.
Currently, Tower Hamlets is achieving the highest levels of uptake in London on the childhood vaccination programme (90-95%) and has consistently vaccinated more than 75% of people over the age of 65 with the flu jab.
Work we are doing locally to tackle this issue
Public health monitors immunisation uptake levels and develops initiatives to improve services.
Some initiatives include:
- running workshops for parents with local advocates to promote the MMR vaccination
- working with GP practice teams and attending general practice meetings to improve the uptake of the seasonal flu vaccination
- using local media to promote current or new vaccination programmes
- distributing information materials to a range of health and social care settings
- working closely with the school immunisation team to improve the uptake of teenage vaccination programmes.
There are a range of vaccination programmes in the national schedule which are delivered in Tower Hamlets:
- 0- to 5-year-olds – preventing a range of diseases including Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Meningitis, Pneumonia, Rotavirus, Diphtheria, Tetanus, Whooping cough, TB and Polio
- 12- to 13-year-old girls – HPV vaccination to prevent cervical cancer in adulthood
- 15- to 16-year-olds – school leavers’ booster to provide further protection from diphtheria /polio and whooping cough (given at secondary schools) and Men ACWY vaccination to prevent Meningitis
- Seasonal flu vaccination (September to January) – given annually to all those over 65 years of age, those under 65 years with a medical condition which increases their chance of getting flu, and all pregnant women during the seasonal flu period
- Pneumococcal vaccination for over 65 years and those under 65 years with chronic health conditions
- Shingles vaccination for all those reaching 70years and a catch up for those aged 78/79years
- Pertussis vaccination – for pregnant women from 16 weeks of gestation to prevent newborn infants from contracting whooping cough.
All these vaccinations are available at your GP practice and you can contact the Practice Nurse for more information.
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