DOCTORS and nurses in North Derbyshire are leading the way in the fight against childhood illnesses, according to latest figures.
Ten GP surgeries in North Derbyshire smashed challenging global health targets during March and June this year to achieve a 100 per cent success rate with their childhood immunisation programme.
The figures, recorded by NHS Derbyshire, place North Derbyshire GPs in the top ranks of consistent performers when delivering childhood vaccines, and follow high success levels recorded during March 2010 to March 2011.
The World Health Organisation recommends an uptake of 95 per cent for all childhood vaccines. A high uptake is required to ensure highly contagious diseases do not spread in the community.
Dr Bruce Laurence, acting director of public health for NHS Derbyshire County, said:
“We’d like to congratulate our GPs on achieving a fantastic 100% success rate in their childhood vaccination programme.
“Thanks to their efforts a record number of children in Derbyshire are now being protected from serious, potentially life-threatening illnesses such as measles, mumps and diphtheria.
“Vaccines are one of the most effective ways of protecting children from serious and often life-threatening infections diseases. This is a great example of GPs, practice nurses, school nurses and health visitors all working together to ensure parents have all the information they need to make the right decisions about what is best for their baby, child or teenager.
“We’d urge anyone whose child is not fully vaccinated to contact their GP practice or health visitor for more advice.”
The practices in North Derbyshire achieving the 100 per cent uptake for childhood vaccines were: Moss Valley, Eckington; Baslow Health Centre; Bakewell Medical Practice; Dr Chawla, Wingerworth; High Street, Clay Cross; Whittington Medical Centre; Brimington Surgery; Hasland Medical Centre; Emmett Carr Surgery, Renishaw; and Leabrooks Medical Centre, Alfreton.
Record highs for the Derbyshire childhood vaccination programme were announced in July this year, with an average of over nine out of ten children living in Derbyshire now being vaccinated against MMR by the age of two years thanks to health workers’ efforts.
A helpful childhood vaccine planner checklist is available online at: http://www.nhs.uk/Planners/vaccinations/Pages/Vaccinationchecklist.aspx. The childhood vaccination programme is offered to children from age two months to 18. Key jabs included in the programme include: protection against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio, measles, mumps and rubella.
The childhood vaccination programme is offered to children from two months old through to 18. Key jabs included in the programme include protection against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio, measles, mumps and rubella.