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  King Edward’s Medical Centre
  King Edward’s Road, Barking,
Essex IG11 7TB
Telephone: 020-8594-2988
Fax: 020-8594-2184

What is immunisation? Immunisations

Immunisation is a way of protecting your child against serious disease. Once children have been immunised their bodies can fight those diseases if they come into contact with them.

If a child is not immunised they will be at risk from catching the disease and will rely on other people immunising their children to avoid becoming infected.

There will always be some children who are left unprotected because they can not be immunised for medical reasons they are too young to be immunised they cannot get to the vaccine services for a few, the vaccine doesn't work.

How do I immunise my child?

A child immunisation clinic is held at the surgery with the nurse. These are usually held in the morning. Please bring you red/blue book and see the nurses. If your child is ill, we usually try to delay the child.

How do we get holiday vaccines?

For holiday and all other vaccinations please consult the nurses, please telephone for an appointment with the practice nurse. We advise todo this for at least twelve weeks before your travel. It is important to note that only certain vaccines are available on the NHS, the others are done on a private prescription. We are currently not doing any yellow fever vaccines, should you need this you will have to be sent to another clinic.

What about tetanus/diphtheria vaccines?

We advice up-to-date tetanus/diphtheria. Please enquire at reception to ensure adequate cover.

What should I do before my holidays?

It is ideal to have immunisations when you travel. It is important to have travel insurance, all European destinations are covered- An EHIC card would have to be obtained. Please allow plenty of time to complete the course. We recommend that you start to plan your course of immunization at least 12 weeks in advance of travel where possible.

How do I get my flu/influenza vaccine?

We offer flu vaccinations every October. We particularly recommend vaccinations for those at risk including patients with lung disease, asthma or bronchitis, heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes, all patients aged 65 years or over and those with lowered resistance to infection. It is also recommended for residents of nursing homes, elderly people's homes or other long-stay facilities. Please enquire at reception early. The vaccinations are dependant on the supply please be patient.

What is the current immunisation schedule?

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Are vaccines safe for me?

Yes they are but the desision to take is entirely yours Should you require further information please contact youe docotr/ nurse, or www.immunisation.nhs.uk

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