Parents encouraged visiting Youth Health Care during holiday season for vaccination updates

Youth Health Care (YHC) whose offices are located at the Vineyard Office Park, is encouraging parents to visit the office during the school holiday season to see if their child’s vaccinations are up to date.

Parents and guardians are encouraged to visit the YHC during office hours every day in the afternoons or during school breaks to keep track of the status of their child’s vaccination schedule. 

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YHC has changed its vaccination schedule and all children between four and nine-years of age will now get their second Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine at four years of age.

The DTPolio vaccination will continue to be given when the child is nine-years of age.

Other changes in the vaccination schedule apply to children between two and 12 months of age.

Parents are reminded to make sure that their children between the ages of 0-17 are up to date with their vaccinations which are necessary in order to reduce the risk of vaccine-preventable diseases.

DTP, MMR and catch-up Hepatitis B vaccines will be given to children who are not up to date.

Immunization is a way of protecting children against serious vaccine preventable diseases. Once a person has been fully vaccinated, their bodies can fight those diseases if one comes into contact with them.

Parents should bring along with them their child’s vaccination booklet/card. If you are not sure of the status of your child, you should contact your general practitioner, paediatrician, or YHC for children up to four years of age.