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Childhood immunisations

Health Visitor teams in West Sussex and Brighton & Hove support immunisations.

Immunisation is one of the best ways to protect your child from potentially life-threatening illnesses and diseases. You will be sent invitations for your child’s immunisations appointment after registering with your GP surgery.

The importance of maintaining a good coverage of childhood immunisations has continued to be a priority since the Covid 19 pandemic and was highlighted in June 2022 with the detection of Poliovirus in sewage in London. Following this all children aged between one and nine years old living in London will be offered a booster dose of the Polio vaccine. More information on this can be found on the government website.

The risk of contracting polio remains very small but all parents – especially those with children aged five or under should ensure their young ones are vaccinated against polio. Parents are advised to check their child’s Red Book or contact their GP surgery if they are unsure of their immunisation status. It is not too late to catch up.

For more information:

Information on the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) immunisation


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Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust runs a confidential secure text messaging service for parents of children aged 0-5 years called ParentLine. The service operates Monday to Friday between 9.30am and 4.30pm in Brighton & Hove and Monday to Friday between 9am to 4.30pm in West Sussex, excluding bank holidays. All texts will be responded to by a health visitor within 24 hours. Outside of the service working hours, you’ll receive a message back to inform you that your text will be responded to once the line reopens.

Should you require urgent health advice in the meantime, please contact your GP, visit an NHS walk-in centre or call NHS 111. For emergencies, dial 999 or visit A&E.

This page was last reviewed on 08-01-2024

This page will be next reviewed on 02-01-2025