A VILLAGE GP surgery has smashed global health targets by immunising 100 per cent of its child patients this year.
During March and June the West Hallam Medical Centre vaccinated every child due in those months to have their injections.
NHS Derbyshire staff have said doctors and nurses at The Village surgery are ‘leading the way in the fight against childhood illnesses’, having smashed the World Health Organisation target for immunisations of 95 per cent.
A high uptake is required to ensure highly contagious diseases do not spread in the community.
And practice nurse Tami Marle said: “We are all so pleased but it isn’t just the work the doctors and nurses have done, it’s also down to our brilliant admin staff who chase up parents who miss their children’s immunisations.”
The figures, recorded by NHS Derbyshire, follow record high success levels recorded in Derbyshire county and Derby city from March 2010 to March 2011 with more than ninety per cent of children in Derbyshire now being vaccinated against MMR by the age of two, thanks to health workers’ efforts.
Dr Bruce Laurence, acting director of public health for NHS Derbyshire County, said: “We’d like to congratulate West Hallam Medical Centre on its fantastic 100 per cent achievement in their childhood vaccination programme.
“Thanks to their efforts a record number of children in Derbyshire are now being protected from serious, potentially life-threatening illnesses such as measles, mumps and diphtheria.
“Vaccines are one of the most effective ways of protecting children from serious and often life-threatening diseases.
“This is a great example of GPs, practice nurses, school nurses and health visitors all working together to ensure parents have all the information they need to make the right decisions about what is best for their baby, child or teenager.”
The vaccination programme is offered to children from two months to 18. Key jabs include diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, measles, mumps and rubella.