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Bristol's unvaccinated children: parents urged to check their jabs

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Parents in Bristol are being urged to check their children are up to date with their vaccinations.

NHS England says hundreds of children in the city are not protected against diseases including meningitis, diphtheria and measles.

In 2016:

13%
of children had not received both doses of the MMR jab
816
children unvaccinated
11%
of children had not received the 4-in-1 pre-school booster
684
children not fully protected against the risk of diphtheria, polio, tetanus and whooping cough
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NHS England South says they have at least 90% coverage in the local population as a minimum target to prevent infections spreading.

These early childhood vaccinations are vitally important as they help to build immunity, protecting a child against a host of serious diseases such as some strains of meningitis, diphtheria, measles, mumps, rubella and whooping cough.

It is particularly important that a child is up to date with their vaccinations before they start school.

– NHS England South

NHS England says it is not too late for children to catch up with their vaccinations, ensuring that they are fully protected. Parents and carers are urged to speak to their GP surgery.