Child vaccine catch-up clinics are available at pop-up sites across the Black Country throughout July and August.
The community pop-up clinics are being hosted at a range of locations across Wolverhampton, Dudley, Sandwell and Walsall, with no appointment necessary.
Parents and guardians of children aged 2 months to 16 years who have missed or delayed a childhood vaccine are being encouraged to come forward.
Childhood vaccinations are safe and effective and are essential for the prevention of several serious diseases. The following vaccines will be offered at the clinics:
- Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine: Protects against HPV, a common sexually transmitted infection that can lead to cervical, anal, and other types of cancers. The vaccine is recommended for both boys and girls between the ages of 11 and 13.
- DTP Vaccine: Provides protection against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (whooping cough). These diseases can cause severe complications and even death. The DTP vaccine is typically administered in several doses throughout childhood.
- MMR Vaccine: Protects against measles, mumps, and rubella (german measles). Measles, in particular, is highly contagious and can lead to serious complications. The MMR vaccine is usually given in two doses, with the first dose administered around the age of 12-15 months and the second dose between 4-6 years.
- Meningitis Vaccine: Guards against meningococcal disease, a severe infection that can cause meningitis and blood poisoning. The vaccine is recommended for adolescents and young adults, particularly those starting university or college.
The clinics will be staffed by trained healthcare professionals from the NHS and Vaccination UK who specialise in childhood vaccinations and follow all necessary safety protocols. Parents and carers who are unsure if their child is up to date with their vaccinations can also check this at the clinics.
For more information and to find you nearest pop up clinic, go to www.blackcountry.icb.nhs.