- Public health
Improving the uptake of immunisation is important to stop the spread of diseases that cause severe ill health or, in some cases, death. We monitor immunisation uptake levels and make plans to improve uptake.
- Immunisation is the most effective method of preventing certain diseases to protect and maintain the health of the local population.
- Barnet public health team is working closely with Public Health England, NHS England and other key partners to increase immunisation rates across the borough.
- Routine vaccines are offered free on the NHS according to an immunisation schedule. If your child has missed a vaccine, it may be possible for them to receive it later in life so talk to your GP or practice nurse.
- For more information on vaccinations take a look at Public Health England's immunisation guidance and leaflets for parents.
- The MMR vaccine provides protection against measles, mumps and rubella over two doses of single injections.
- Measles, mumps and rubella are highly infectious conditions that can have serious and potentially fatal complications. This leaflet contains more information about the importance of the MMR vaccine.
- Recent data from Public Health England indicates that rates of MMR vaccination in children in Barnet are lower than national targets.
- Different countries offer different immunisations and not all use the combined MMR vaccine. If you were born or brought up abroad you may have had only one dose or may not have had the cominded vaccine. Discuss this with your GP to ensure that you and your child are protected against all three conditions.
Protect yourself and people around you this winter and get the flu jab!
Getting the flu jab or the nasal spray is one of the most effective ways to reduce potential harm from the seasonal flu virus.
Barnet residents who are most vulnerable to flu are being encouraged to protect themselves by getting the flu vaccine.
Free vaccines to those at increased risk from the effects of flu, including:
- children aged two to eight
- people aged 65 and over
- pregnant women
- people with long-term health conditions particularly respiratory diseases (e.g. COPD or bronchitis)
- front-line health and social care workers
Flu vaccine for your child
Talk to the GP, practice nurse or your child's school nurse if you want more information about when and how your child will be vaccinated against flu.
Your child's GP or school should contact you about getting them vaccinated. If you haven't heard from them, contact them directly to make an appointment.
Nasal spray flu vaccine
The vaccine is given as a single spray squirted up each nostril. Not only is it needle-free – a big advantage for children – the nasal spray is quick, painless, and works even better than the injected flu vaccine. The vaccine is absorbed very quickly. It will still work even if, after the vaccination, your child develops a runny nose, sneezes or blows their nose.
Free nasal spray vaccine Autumn/Winter 2017-18
In the Autumn/Winter of 2017-18, the vaccine will be available free on the NHS for eligible children, including:
- children aged two and three on August 31 2017 – that is, children born between September 1 2013 and August 31 2015
- children in reception class and school years one, two, three and four
- in some parts of the country, all primary school-aged children will be offered the vaccine (following a pilot in some areas)
- children aged 2 to 17 with long-term health conditions
- First Contact
- North London Business Park (NLBP), Oakleigh Road South, London N11 1NP
- Tel: 020 8359 2000
- FAX: 0870 889 7458