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Has your child had all meningitis jabs?

Published 17/10/2011 | 05:00

A new study has shed light on why so many parents fail to protect their infants against a form of meningitis.

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It has been known for some time that a significant number of parents are not taking their child to complete the full course of jabs needed to protect against the killer meningitis C, leaving them vulnerable to the infection.

The vaccine is given to infants at four months, six months and at 13 months. The number of parents who are neglecting to get the final shot has been increasing.

Parents should be paying a fifth visit to the GP when the baby is 13 months of age to ensure full protection from meningitis C.

"The study found a substantial minority of parents whose children were not vaccinated (44.6pc) believed their child was fully vaccinated," it revealed.

"The study showed 85pc of participating parents, when attending with their child for vaccination, were not given an appointment for the next vaccination visit."

And 44pc were not sent a reminder to attend for vaccination if they did not turn up on the due date.

Also, 35pc did not have a vaccination record book with which they could check their child's vaccination history.

"A key finding of this study was that most parents did not know their children were incompletely vaccinated and were unaware of the need for a 13th month visit to the GP.

"GPs have an important role to educate, inform and remind parents about the number of vaccination visits needed."

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