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Make sure children get lifesaving jabs to avoid piling more pressure on the NHS, parents are urged Parents are not taking their children for routine vaccinations during pandemic Only one in four feel comfortable taking their child to a GP surgery for jabs ‘National effort’ to vaccinate will help to relieve long-term pressures on the NHS

By Eleanor Hayward For The Daily Mail

Published: 00:01 BST, 15 August 2020 | Updated: 00:01 BST, 15 August 2020

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Parents have been urged to ensure their children get lifesaving vaccinations to avoid piling more unnecessary pressure on the NHS.

The Local Government Association (LGA) said a ‘national effort’ to vaccinate children and young people will help to relieve long-term pressures on the health service.

Meanwhile the NHS has told parents it was ‘crucial that your children get their jabs as normal’ as many have put it off during the coronavirus epidemic.

Health officials are concerned people are not taking their children for routine jabs, for fear of exposing them to coronavirus.

Parents are not taking their children for routine vaccinations during the pandemic for fear of exposing them to coronavirus, health officials fear

Parents are not taking their children for routine vaccinations during the pandemic for fear of exposing them to coronavirus, health officials fear

A survey of parents at the end of June showed one in four feel comfortable taking their child to a GP surgery for vaccinations - down from 91 per cent before the pandemic.

Last year the Daily Mail launched a major campaign to improve uptake of childhood vaccinations.

It followed an alarming NHS report revealing uptake has fallen for all ten childhood jabs, including measles, polio, meningitis and whooping cough, with anti-vaxx propraganda and rising complacency blamed for falling rates.

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