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New guidelines on childhood immunisation: best practice, tips and checklists explained

Managing Childhood Immunisation Clinics provides practical advice for general practice nurses

The RCN’s Managing Childhood Immunisation Clinics resource aims to provide practical advice for general practice nurses

What are the facts about childhood vaccination?

The UK’s childhood vaccination programme is complex, with children and young people offered immunisation against 18-20 infectious diseases before their 18 th birthday. Vaccines include diphtheria, tetanus, polio, hepatitis B, pertussis, and measles, mumps and rubella (MMR).

Immunisation programmes are primarily delivered by general practice nurses.

What are the benefits of immunisation clinics?

RCN professional lead for public health nursing Helen Donovan says: ‘Well-organised, friendly and flexible vaccination clinics help to instil public confidence and maintain high coverage of vaccines. They also support parents in making sure their children have


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