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MP Honours GPs and Nurses for Vaccine Success

Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins is celebrating the outstanding achievements of GPs, nurses and practice staff in protecting more Derbyshire children than ever before from serious diseases.

Toby Perkins MP observes an immunisation.

Toby Perkins MP observes an immunisation.

A special visit, hosted by NHS Derbyshire County and NHS North Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group, was held at Holywell House Medical Group’s Grange Surgery on Stubbings Lane, to mark the achievement.

During the visit, Mr Perkins met patients, saw a baby clinic in action, and spoke to key staff involved in overseeing the childhood vaccination programme, including nurses and practice staff.

Last month health bosses from NHS Derbyshire County revealed that take-up of jabs protecting children from highly infectious diseases were at a record high in the county.

The primary care trust was one of the highest performing NHS organisatiosn in the East Midlands for protecting children aged two and five from measles, mumps and rubella by giving them their MMR booster jab, and for giving two-year-olds their Hib/meningitis C booster jab.

Toby Perkins, Member of Parliament for Chesterfield, said: “Everyone wants to give their child the best start in life but not everyone is aware of the importance of immunisations.

“I congratulate NHS Derbyshire County for their success in getting this vital message across. The NHS was conceived in a time when curable diseases were rife, people suffered unnecessarily and died of preventable illness.

Mr Perkins added: “At a time when the NHS is facing some of its biggest challenges yet, it is great that NHS Derbyshire County can still enjoy such tremendous success.”

Jayne Stringfellow, acting chief nurse for NHS North Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We’re privileged that Toby Perkins MP is paying a special tribute to the outstanding efforts of GPs, nurses, health professionals and practice staff in Derbyshire who protect the community at large from potentially deadly diseases.

“Without them, serious illnesses like measles could quickly return to the community, so we’re honoured that their achievements are being recognised as these jabs really do protect the most vulnerable from unthinkable suffering.”

The childhood vaccination programme protects children against ten infectious diseases. Health bosses also say that uptake for childhood vaccines in the first part of this year are at their highest yet – with government targets being achieved for all vaccines offered in the programme for the first time ever. NHS Derbyshire County also achieved the second highest coverage for three out of six of the jabs in the East Midlands.

 

Highlights from NHS Derbyshire County’s 2011 to 2012 yearly figures include:

 

  • 97% of one-year-olds had their diphtheria, tetanus, polio, whooping vaccine, and hib.
  • 96.3% had their Hib/meningitis C booster jab at two years old, the highest on record for NHS Derbyshire County
  • 94.9% of two-year-olds had the PCV vaccine, up from 90.7% three years previously, also the highest on record for NHS Derbyshire County
  • 94.5% of two-year olds had the MMR vaccine, up from 91% three years previously, and just a half percentage point off the ‘herd immunity target’

 

Anyone needing help planning their child’s vaccination programme can find a useful checklist online at www.nhs.uk/Planners/vaccinations/Pages/Vaccinationchecklist.aspx.

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