We offer the full childhood vaccination service, further details of which are available on www.immunisation.ie.
Funding is provided by the HSE to ensure that all eligible babies can receive the scheduled childhood vaccines free of charge from their GP.
At birth, the hospital will ask you who your baby's GP is or they may just assume that your own GP will be looking after your new baby too. The GP will then receive all the paperwork relating to the Childhood Vaccinations from the Immunisations Office.
The schedule of vaccinations changes from time to time and from 1 December 2016, the schedule for children born on or after 1 October 2016 will consist of 5 visits to the GP for the vaccinations in the schedule below..
We understand that many parents may have concerns about possible side effects and will have questions about the vaccinations. We are happy to address any concerns at the time of vaccination and will do our very best to answer any queries you may have.
We strongly advise caution if searching the internet for advice on vaccinations as there is a huge amount of mis-information out there which will only serve to make your legitimate concerns more concerning. Immunisation.ie has a useful FAQ section here..
We know that vaccines don't cause autism, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, allergies, asthma or attention deficit disorder (commonly known as hyperactivity). However, when things happen to our children around the same time as they are immunised we can wrongly presume that there is a link.
For example, the signs of autism usually become noticeable at about the age when children are given the MMR vaccine, but one does not cause the other. Because most children get immunised, those who have conditions such as autism, asthma or attention deficit disorder will probably have been immunised as well.
Studies to see if children who have been immunised are more likely to have these conditions have shown that there is no link between the conditions and vaccines.
Extensive research into the MMR vaccine, involving thousands of children, was carried out in the UK, the USA, Sweden and Finland. This research showed that there is no link between MMR and autism. One study looked at every child born in Denmark from 1991 to 1998. During that time, 82% of children born in Denmark received the MMR vaccine. The researchers looked at the records of over half a million children and found the risk of autism was the same in immunised children as in children who had not been immunised. Experts from around the world, including the World Health Organization, agree that there is no link between MMR and autism.
Wishing all our patients, colleagues and friends a very Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Anam Cara Galway, an organisation that supports bereaved parents, will hold its next monthly Parent Evening on Wednesday 2nd of May from 19:30 to 21:00 in the Clayton Hotel, Old Monivea Road, Ballybrit, Galway.