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Immunisations During Covid 19 Outbreak

During the current COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak there are lots of things that parents are having to think about.

Immunisations protect children from many serious illnesses. To make sure that your child is properly protected it is important that they still get their immunisations on time where possible. Health experts strongly advise that you make and keep your children’s immunisation appointments as planned. The same advice applies to teenagers who are due their routine adolescent immunisations. 

 

School Age Immunisations

From 1st June 2020, we have updated the services that the NHS has agreed are essential for families. 

School-age immunisation programmes are essential for children's health and wellbeing, and also benefit the wider community. We are working closely with schools to ensure that the programmes continue in September and are COVID-19 secure, keeping children and staff safe.

Risk assessments have been carried out, and the immunisation teams will follow strict national infection control and PPE guidance. Clinical staff will wear appropriate PPE and ensure that the correct cleaning measures are practised during their school visits.

Please look out for an email from your child's school with instructions on how to give consent for school immunisations across Norfolk schools.

In September we will be catching up on missed immunisations in high schools, then in October the flu immunisation programme starts for all children from Reception to year 7. 

For further information, you can contact the immunisation team by emailing ccs.norfolk.immunisationteam@nhs.net or by calling 0300 555 5055

  • If you, your child or someone else in your household has the virus or any / all of the following symptoms;

    • A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
    • A high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back 
    • A loss or change in sense of smell or taste

    You should all stay at home and not go out for at least 10 days. Those without symptoms should stay home for at least 14 days. *Click here* to check latest guidance.

    Let the surgery know your child can not attend for their appointment. Re-book for as soon as possible after self-isolation, you are likely to feel well again by then.

  • Health staff will be taking every safety measure to be sure the risk of bugs being passed around are as low as possible.

    • Check with your GP surgery / vaccinations teams where to go for your appointment.
    • It may be that school age immunisations can still happen at school or the arrangements may change.
    • If you can walk to your surgery for your appointment that is the best option and will give you all some fresh air.
    • You can travel in your own car.

    If you need to use public transport;

    • Wash your hands well before starting your journey.
    • Travel at less busy times if you can, as vehicles will be less crowded.
    • Sit 1.5 to 2 m from other passengers.
    • Remind older children not to touch their face or mouth.
    • Wash everyone’s hands again when you arrive for your appointment.
    • Use hand sanitiser if you have no access to soap and water.

    Make sure you have face coverings to wear for everyone over the age of 11 who is going to the appointment. You will need them at the clinic as well as on public transport if used.  *Click here*  to find out more about face coverings.

    However you get to your appointment, make sure everyone washes their hands when they get home too.

  • Some shops have sold out of paracetamol. This should be sorted out quickly with new stock. You might feel worried that you do not have any ready for immunisation day. You could;

    • Try smaller shops and chemists.
    • Ask friends and family if they have any they can lend you.

    If you are not able to get hold of any, health experts still feel that it is in your child’s best interests to have the immunisation as planned.

    Your baby is a bit more likely to have a temperature from vaccinations that include protection from Meningitis B. These are given at the 8 and 16 week appointments. It is good if you can have paracetamol available at home in case you need it - but if not don’t worry, your child can still attend their appointment and have their immunisations.

    Teenagers are less likely to develop vaccine reactions such as fever and if they do, these are generally short lived and resolve quickly.

    Remember - not every child will get a high temperature because they have not had paracetamol.

    If your child does get a fever, for most babies it will be at its highest about 6 hours after immunisations are given, then start to come down. The temperature is nearly always gone within two days.

    • Ibuprofen can be used after immunisations, to treat a fever and any other vaccination reactions. Do not use ibuprofen before the appointment. 
    • Your child will not be at any risk from having their immunisations without paracetamol.

    The most important thing is for your child to have their immunisations and get protected from serious illnesses as soon as possible. This is the most up to date expert advice for babies, children and teenagers.

  • If your child does get a temperature there is lots you can do to help them feel better.

    *Click Here* to find out how to take your child's temperature.

  • So far experts say that children and young people are much less badly affected by the virus. Most will recover without any need to see a health professional.

    *Click Here* to find out more about COVID-19 symptoms. Most temperatures that happen after immunisations will be gone in 48 hours.

    The advice is always the same. If you are worried after your child has had their immunisations, or at any time, contact 111 or your GP to discuss your concerns. Although the NHS may be busy, it is very important that you still contact services if you are worried about your child’s health.

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.

For information about immunisations for school age children you can contact the Immunisation Service by emailing ccs.norfolk.immunisationteam@nhs.net or by calling 0300 555 5055.

If you are 11-19 you can text Chathealth on 07480 635060 for confidential advice from one of the Healthy Child Programme team.

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