Fylde Coast residents urged to get routine vaccinations

Health officials are advising people in Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre to continue to attend routine vaccination appointments at GP practices during the coronavirus pandemic.

While preventing the spread of coronavirus is a public health priority, it is still vital that people go to scheduled vaccination appointments to stop outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases.

While the NHS is taking measures to protect people from coronavirus, local services are working hard to ensure that people including babies, children and pregnant women, still receive their routine vaccinations.

Dr Arif Rajpura, Blackpool Council’s director of public health, said: “Vaccines are an absolutely essential building block of good health, preventing serious and sometimes life-threatening diseases, such as pneumonia, meningitis, whooping cough, diphtheria and measles. It’s vital that people don’t cancel their immunisation appointments during the pandemic and attend them as normal.”

When attending appointments, people should follow government guidance and ensure they are two metres apart from anyone outside their household and minimise time spent outside.

As long as those getting attending appointments, including parents of babies or children, do not have symptoms or are not self-isolating because someone in the household is displaying symptoms, they should continue to attend planned immunisation appointments.

If a patient or a member of their household develops coronavirus symptoms, they should follow government guidance and reschedule their appointment.

Dr Rajpura, added: “During this time, it is important to maintain the best possible vaccine uptake to prevent a resurgence of serious and sometimes life-threatening diseases such as pneumonia, meningitis, whooping cough, diptheria and measles.”

If individuals or members of a household need advice from a GP practice about symptoms not related to coronavirus, they should contact the practice online or by phone to be assessed.

You can find more information about maternity and other services  which are still here for you on our NHS still here for you page.