The pre-school booster protects your child from;
- Diphtheria – an easily passed around infection that can kill. It is rare in the UK since children were protected by immunisations
- Tetanus - dangerous bacteria that can enter the body through cuts and wounds
- Whooping Cough – an infection of the lungs that can be especially serious in young children
- Polio – A virus that can cause paralysis and death. It was very common before immunisations
There is a lot of information on the internet about immunisations and this has caused some parents and carers to worry about having their child immunised. Because of this some children have not been immunised and the rates of some diseases has begun to rise. Having your child immunised not only protects them from serious illness but helps protect the whole community.
The information about risks is not based on any proof and causes unnecessary worry. It might help to reassure you to look at a fact based website. The Vaccination Project and their ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ give a lot of up to date information.
You can call JustOneNorfolk on 0300 300 0123 to talk through your worries too.
If your child has not had all of their previous immunisations they can still have them – call your GP surgery to discuss this and make an appointment.
It is a good idea to talk to your child about the jab before the appointment.
If your child does not know what is going to happen it will be a shock and take them longer to get over it. However, if you talk about it for too long, and in too much detail, they may get worried.
A few days before the appointment you could talk about going to see the nurse. You could explain that they will have ‘a special medicine; to stop you getting bad illnesses’.
- Talk about it being given as an injection in their arm (a sharp scratch from a little needle).
- Try some ‘pretend play’ taking teddy to have their jab.
- Leave it to your child whether they want to talk about it some more.
- If they ask if it will hurt; be honest. Explain it will feel very sharp but be over very quickly. This will help your child know they can trust you in the future.
- On the day tell them you are going to the see the Nurse for their jab.
- Take their red book so that they can update it.
- Choose a loose easy to get on and off top for your child.
- Keep calm yourself – your child will take the lead from you. If you are feeling nervous can someone go with you as a support?
- Praise your child even if they felt a bit wobbly - it is a new and strange experience for them.
The appointment will not take long, try and plan something nice to do afterwards. You could go to the park or the library or watch a film together.
Who Can Help?
You can contact the Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520 631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.
If you are 11-19 you can text ChatHealth on 07480 635060 for confidential advice from one of our team.
Alternatively you can go to see your GP to discuss concerns.
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