Health department urges parents to vaccinate children against deadly diseases

Many children missed out on their immunisation appointments at primary healthcare facilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic and movement restrictions.

The North West Department of Health is currently hard at work in locating those children to update their immunisation records.

““We are still missing a lot of children who did not show up for their immunisation due to COVID-19 restrictions. We are calling on all parents and guardians to take their children and visit their nearest primary health facilities to re-enrol in immunisation programmes as we accept that our teams on the ground cannot reach everybody at the same time,” said health MEC Madoda Sambatha.

“We are also urging parents to give consent to school vaccination programmes. Vaccines help your immune system fight infections more efficiently by sparking your immune response to specific diseases.”

Vaccination usually starts when a child is six weeks old.” Since several of the diseases children receive vaccinations for, affect the youngest children the hardest, delays should be avoided. Booster doses are given when a child reaches school age,” Sambatha said.

Immunisations are given for free at your nearest clinic or community health centres.