Vaccine advice for Leicestershire and Rutland parents

Parents in Leicestershire and Rutland are being urged to ensure children are up to date with their jabs.

The call comes during European Immunisation Week, which runs between 23 and 30 April.

Recent NHS figures revealed not all families in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland were taking youngsters to be vaccinated.

Parents concerned their children have not had all their jabs can check with their GP.

'Long-term complications'

Figures for 2010/11 showed the proportion of two-year-olds in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland who have received their first dose of the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine was below the recommended level of 95%.

Public health consultant Ivan Browne, speaking on behalf of NHS Leicester City and NHS Leicestershire County and Rutland, said: "The success of the immunisation programme in the UK means few of us have had experience of childhood measles, meningitis or pneumonia.

"This means parents may not appreciate the importance of vaccinations in preventing their child from suffering very unpleasant illnesses which can have serious and long-term complications.

"We want to make it clear that it's never too late to get your child vaccinated."

European Immunisation Week is organised by the World Health Organization.

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