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Over 100 babies in Bucks miss important jab

The six in one jab is a potentially life saving injection against serious infections

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 5:57am 17th July 2020. 3-minute read.

Over 100 babies in Bucks miss important jab

Buckinghamshire is below the advised figure for herd immunity protection. 

More than 100 babies in Buckinghamshire are missing out on the potentially life-saving six-in-one jab.

According to Public Health data, 92.3% of babies who turned 1 between January and March this year had been vaccinated.

This means 112 babies had missed out, although it is not recommended for those with allergies to the vaccine. 

The World Health Organisation recommends at least 95% of newborns should get the jab, this is in order to create herd immunity.

Dr Juliet Sutton is the Clinical Director for Children’s Services at NHS Buckinghamshire CCG and Aylesbury GP:

"The six-in-one vaccine protest against six big illnesses. So it's diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, influenza which can cause nasty pneumonia and meningitis, polio and hepatitis B.

"It is normally given with the first vaccination at 8 weeks, then another at 12 weeks and the final one at 16 weeks. 

"The one jab has the 6 but we also offer meningitis B at the same time and the rotavirus vaccine, which is for a very nasty form of gastroenteritis.

"So, the vaccination programme basically covers against 9 really quite serious illnesses which are still really quite serious and unfortunately can cause serious morbidity and even death in children."

Immunisation rates for the area have fallen compared to the same period in 2019, when 94.7% of babies were vaccinated.

Overall, for this years figures the South East was the second highest region for uptake in England.

Dr Sutton says it is important this figure isn't further affected by the coronavirus crisis:

"At the moment, in this time where everybody has been taken up with the coronavirus picture, children are not getting COVID generally very seriously. But, they are still very susceptible to all the normal child illness. 

"It is very important that we do not loose sight of what can actually really affect children and protect them against these nasty illnesses.

"One of the things we really want to emphasis to people is that we are still open for business. And, that is is a very very safe place. We will make it a very safe place for parents to bring their children for their vaccines."

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