Children and Infants
To read our Patient Advice leaflets on common conditions for children, please click the links below:
Medicine plans for schools
We have previously been asked to provide care plans for children's management of medicines at school. You can access our templates here and download them yourself to fill in
If a vaccine is given when a baby still has antibodies to the disease, the antibodies can stop the vaccine working. This is why routine childhood immunisations do not start until a baby is two months old, before the antibodies a baby gets from its mother have stopped working. This is also why it is important for parents to stick to the immunisation schedule, as a delay can leave a baby unprotected. A delay can increase the chance of adverse reactions to some vaccines, such as pertussis (whooping cough).
For children who have not had their MMR or who have missed their 2nd dose, please contact the surgery to arrange an appointment with either Fran or Annette our nurses who can administer this. Please bear in mind that due to the volume of enquiries it may be 2 - 3 weeks before the next available appointment, if you have had contact with measles, as below, then we will aim to fit you in as an urgent appointment. M
MR vaccination for contacts of a case of measles – if the MMR vaccine is given to contacts within 72 hours of exposure, it is very effective in reducing the chances of the contact developing symptoms. The vaccine can be given even if the individual is, incubating measles (where it may prevent infection), already immune (if their status is unknown), or to immunocompetent children over the age of 6 months
Signs and symptoms of measles - initial symptoms include fever, irritability, conjunctivitis and cough. These symptoms may last up to 8 days. The rash develops 2 to 4 days after the onset of symptoms
MMR – a safe, effective vaccine. There is no evidence to support a link between MMR vaccine and autism. MMR vaccine has been used widely and safely around the world for more than 30 years. Numerous studies have failed to find any link between MMR and autism.