NHS Western Isles have issued a reminder to parents to make sure their children are immunised.

Dr. Maggie Watts, Director of Public Health and Screening Co-ordinator for NHS Western Isles, said: “Immunisation protects children against serious diseases. Once immunised, children’s bodies are better at fighting these diseases if they come into contact with them. Vaccines work by helping the body’s immune system to make antibodies (substances that fight off infection).

"If your child comes into contact with the infection, the antibodies recognise the infection and help protect your child.”

Before attending an appointment, please ensure both parent/carer and child are well and showing no symptoms of Coronavirus.

Parents will continue to be sent an appointment to bring their child in for their immunisations, which will be administered at their GP Practices.

The NHSWI School Nursing Team will be suspending the teenage booster and HPV vaccination programmes whilst schools remain closed.

For further information on routine immunisations currently offered to help protect children up to the age of 5 years from serious childhood diseases, please view the ‘Protect your child against serious diseases’ booklet.

Provided to parents by their family Health Visitor, the booklet describes these diseases and explains why young children need protection against them. It also answers some of the most common questions about immunisations. Alternatively, view the booklet online here.

Coronavirus information can be found here and details on immunisation can be found here.