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Immunisations and non-coronavirus illnesses

What do I do about my child’s immunisations?

It’s still important to get your child’s immunisations as planned. Taking your children to their routine vaccinations helps protect them and other vulnerable groups from preventable diseases. That’s why immunisation appointments are still happening during the coronavirus outbreak.

You’ll still get your child’s immunisation appointment letters as normal, as they are classed as an important medical reason for leaving your home, so it’s important to still go to them as usual.

If you think you or your child are showing symptoms of coronavirus, call the number on your invitation to rearrange the appointment.

Stay updated about childhood immunisations at NHS Inform

Immunisations during pregnancy

Immunisations are one of the important medical reasons for leaving your home during the coronavirus outbreak.

If you’re pregnant you should go to your immunisation appointments as normal. This includes your whooping cough vaccine from week 16 of pregnancy.

It’s important to attend immunisation appointments to protect yourself and your baby.

Before attending an appointment make sure you are not showing any symptoms of coronavirus.

Stay updated about childhood immunisations at NHS inform

The NHS is here for you

It is understandable that you might feel you don’t want to burden the NHS while it is dealing with coronavirus. But the NHS is set up to cope with other illnesses, and if you delay getting treatment you could be putting you or your child at unnecessary risk.

It’s important that you go to your GP or hospital like you usually would if there is anything wrong, trust your instincts. If you or your child has a health concern contact your GP surgery or phone 111 for out of hours support as normal, and call 999 if it is an emergency.

During this time you might want to avoid hospitals or surgeries because you are worried about getting coronavirus. Coronavirus wards are separate to A&E so you shouldn’t put off getting treatment for fear of getting infected. Your NHS is here for you and GP practices are open. Appointments may feel a little different – they might happen on the phone or even by videolink. If your GP thinks you need to be seen face to face that will be arranged.

Visit the NHS website and search your child's symptoms for more information. This PDF from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health also has further guidance.