VACCINATIONS FOR TODDLERS ACROSS DONEGAL ARE WORRYINGLY LOW

first_imgBallyraine Park Health Centre, Letterkenny,Front Row, L to R: practice nurse Bernie Mc Kenna, baby Olivia Tinney and her mother Aileen TinneyBack Row: GP David Khavia and Dr Pauline Gallagher AMOParents of children have been urged to have their toddlers vaccinated after the HSE reported a significant drop in those being treated across Donegal.In order to protect all children from certain serious infections over 95% of babies must be vaccinated.However current uptake rates for the 13 month vaccinations in Co. Donegal are well below this figure at 77-78%. A HSE spokesman said it takes 5 GP visits to fully vaccinate your baby against serious diseases.All parents are reminded to please ensure their babies are vaccinated at 12 and 13 months of age.Dr. Anthony Breslin, Specialist in Public Health Medicine advises ‘The benefit of vaccinations at 2, 4 & 6-months are prolonged beyond the first year of life if babies receive their booster vaccinations at 12-months & 13-months”.The vaccines at 12 months reduce the risk of measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) and pneumonia (pneumococcal vaccine or PCV). At 13 months babies are vaccinated against meningitis C (Men C) & haemophilus influenza (Hib).Vaccines are free, safe & effective.Information on the Irish Childhood Immunisation schedule & on all vaccine preventable diseases is available at www.immunisation.ie.If you have any queries please contact Bernie Mc Nulty, Assistant Director of Public Health Nursing (ADPHN) specific to Immunisation in Donegal Tel: 087 9008239VACCINATIONS FOR TODDLERS ACROSS DONEGAL ARE WORRYINGLY LOW was last modified: July 21st, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:childrendonegalHSEvaccinationsworrylast_img

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