Mum with babies The Health Visiting Service is supporting European Immunisation Week this week (24 – 30 April) which aims to raise awareness of the importance of vaccinations at all ages.

The team, from Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust that works across the district is urging parents to give their children the best start in life by attending all their required vaccination appointments which include protection against tetanus, whooping cough, polio and meningitis.

Melanie Tanner, clinical lead for health visiting at Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Having the recommended vaccinations during pregnancy, and after your baby is born, is one of the most effective things you can do to reduce the risk of vaccine preventable infections for you and your baby. Vaccinations are quick to have, the majority are given into the arm or thigh with one being given as drops by mouth. Your health visitor or practice nurse will explain what will happen at your appointment.

“If you have any questions about your or your baby’s vaccinations, or if you want more information, you can ask your health visitor, GP, practice nurse or visit www.nhs.uk.”

For further information on how to contact your health visitor please visit http://www.bdct.nhs.uk/services/health-visiting/