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Babies To Get A New 'Super' Vaccination Against Six Diseases

28/01/2014 13:55 | Updated 22 May 2015

babies, vaccination, super vaccination, precaution against six diseasesBabies are to get a new 'super' vaccination against six diseases after their first birthday, the Government has announced.

The chief medical officer has outlined plans to have GPs inoculate toddlers in a single visit in an attempt to swell vaccination rates in young children.

At the moment, children are usually injected with the two meningitis vaccines a month apart from other vaccinations. The new 'super vac' will see toddlers receiving three injections in one day, protecting against measles, mumps, rubella, two forms of meningitis and the bacteria which can cause pneumonia.

The Government's chief medical advisors say the change will simplify children's immunisation schedules and increase the uptake of vaccinations after the MMR scare.

The Department of Health insisted there was no risk in having all the inoculations in one day, although conceded parents could split the jabs over two visits if they so wished.

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