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North Yorkshire immunisation nurses swap Secret Santa gifts for vaccines abroad

North Yorkshire immunisation nurses swap Secret Santa gifts for vaccines abroad

Published at 2:08pm 12th December 2017.

Nurses who provide immunisations for children in North Yorkshire are skipping Secret Santa this Christmas to help youngsters in Third World countries.

Instead of buying presents for each other, they have decided to donate money towards vital vaccines through UNICEF.

Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust's Childhood Immunisation team provides meningitis, diphtheria, tetanus and polio injections to all 13 and 14-year-olds.

Lois Alderson, Clinical Lead for Childhood Immunisations North Yorkshire and City of York, said: "Many children in the Third World do not have the opportunity to access basic healthcare such as vaccinations.

"Vaccinations are the biggest public health achievement since clean water, they save countless lives, prevent illness and disease. While we're very fortunate that in the UK these vaccinations are offered free of charge, in many countries they can be very difficult to access.

"If you have a child in school Year 9, please visit www.hdft.nhs.uk/imms-consent to find out more and complete the online consent form, so that your child can receive their vaccination in school.

"In the UK, diseases such as polio have been eradicated, which is purely due to the vaccination programme the NHS offers. It is vitally important that children continue to be vaccinated against these diseases to prevent future outbreaks.

"Meningitis strain W is still on the rise in young adults and it is crucial that children in school are vaccinated to ensure they are protected against this deadly strain."

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