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School’s almost out for summer! And Medway Council and NHS Medway Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are encouraging parents to make sure their children have had the full MMR vaccination before the school holidays begin. The long summer break involves travel, days out and contact with lots of people for many families. With a high number of cases of measles reported nationally this year and last, Medway Council and NHS Medway CCG say parents should make the vaccination a priority if their child has not had two doses. More

Families of children in Medway who may have missed out on their measles jabs are being urged to make sure the youngsters are protected against the disease. More

Doctors are urging patients in Medway at risk of flu complications to have their free NHS vaccination this winter.
Free flu vaccinations are available at GP practices for:
• Everyone over 65
• All pregnant women
• Everyone over six months with serious long-term health problems, such as chronic respiratory, heart, kidney, liver or neurological disease, diabetes or a weakened immune system due to disease or treatment
• People who are the main carer for an older or disabled person.
Dr Nathan Nathan, Clinical Chair for Medway Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Flu can be very serious for some people which is why the NHS offers free vaccination to those who are most at risk of complications. More

Women who are at least six months pregnant in Medway are being urged to contact their GP practice about vaccination to protect their unborn baby against whooping cough. More

If you have a four-year-old starting school this autumn, are you sure all their vaccinations are up-to-date?
Hundreds of children in Kent and Medway miss out on the second jab to protect them against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR). More

Figures released by the Health Protection Agency this month show that 665 laboratory confirmed cases of whooping cough were reported to the Health Protection Agency (HPA) in England and Wales between January and March 2012, compared to a total of 1,040 cases during the whole of 2011. Almost a quarter of these cases were in the South East region, with some areas reporting clusters of cases in schools, universities and healthcare settings. More

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