The immunisation programme is a key component of the Healthy Child Programme. It is important for health visitors to be aware of current research and practice to promote immunisation uptake and know where to go for information. Uptake of childhood vaccines in the UK is is generally high. Although uptake of the MMR is a concern and the UK lost its ‘measles-free’ status last year. There are also concerns about the impact of the COVID-19 lockdown on immunisation uptake.
These Good Practice Points are authored by Dr Helen Bedford, Professor of Child Public Health, Population, Policy and Practice Programme, UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, London.