Why vaccinate your children?

As a parent, you may not like seeing your baby or child being given an injection. However, vaccination will help protect them against a range of serious and potentially fatal diseases.

There are three good reasons to have your child vaccinated:

  • vaccinations are quick, safe and extremely effective
  • once your child has been vaccinated against a disease, their body can fight it off better
  • if a child isn't vaccinated, they're at higher risk of catching – and becoming very ill from – the illness

There will always be some children who are unavoidably unprotected because:

  • they can't be vaccinated for medical reasons
  • they're too young to be vaccinated
  • they can't get to the vaccine clinics
  • the vaccine doesn't work (although this is rare)

However, if more parents have their children vaccinated, then more children in the community will be protected against illness. This lowers the chance of a measles outbreak.


Due to children not being vaccinated, the UK has now lost its measles-free status three years after the virus was eliminated in the country.

This potentially deadly and extremely contagious infection can be prevented through at least two doses of the MMR vaccine; this is provided by the NHS and given to our own patients for FREE.

Most patients who do catch measles will recover; however, it can lead to life-threatening complications.

The majority of new measles cases have been patients that were NOT vaccinated as a child; as a consequence has contracted this infection in their younger adulthood.

If your child is able to have a vaccine, has not yet had it and overdue please call us on 01273 492255 and we can book them in with our nurse. 

If you are now an adult and you believe you are not up to date on your MMR vaccine please give us a call and we can check whether you are up to date, alternatively, you can sign up for our online services where you should be able to see any immunisations you have had.

For more information on the current outbreak please click HERE.

For more information on the MMR vaccine please click HERE.

Here at Henfield Medical Centre, we will be notified by the Children's Health Bureau when your child's immunisations are due and we will send you a letter with an appointment, normally this clinic runs on a Monday afternoon. 

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Travel VaccinationsPlane around Earth

If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel you need to make an appointment with the practice nurse to discuss your travel arrangements. This will include which countries and areas within countries that you are visiting to determine what vaccinations are required.

Please note we now only give the Yellow Fever Vaccinations to patients aged under 60.

For those aged 60 and over will need to go to a private clinic, such as:

There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below

Europe Europe & Russia North America North America
Central America Central America South America South America
Caribbean Caribbean Africa Africa
Middle East Middle East Central Asia Central Asia
East Asia East Asia Australasia Australasia and Pacific

It is important to make this initial appointment as early as possible - at least 6 weeks before you travel - as a second appointment will be required with the practice nurse to actually receive the vaccinations. These vaccines have to be ordered as they are not a stock vaccine. Your second appointment needs to be at least 2 weeks before you travel to allow the vaccines to work.

Some travel vaccines are ordered on a private prescription and these incur a charge over and above the normal prescription charge. This is because not all travel vaccinations are included in the services provided by the NHS.

Travel Health Questionnaire 

To help us offer the appropriate advice, please fill out the online form before speaking to the Travel Nurse.

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Travelling in Europe

If you are travelling to Europe a very useful website is available with advice and guidance to help you get the most out of your holiday. To visit please click:- https://ec.europa.eu/info/live-work-travel-eu_en. 

Travelling to Central Belt Africa or South America

If you are travelling to either of these areas it is recommended that you have the Yellow Fever Vaccination, unfortunately, due to national shortages we are unable to obtain supplies of the vaccine, so advise that you contact a travel centre such as MASTA or Sussex Travel Clinic.

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