Immunisation event aims to increase vaccine uptake

Staff in the child immunisation office of the HSE West at Lanesboro Road, Roscommon, are continuing their efforts to have 100 percent of children in the county protected from a range of diseases, including measles, mumps and rubella. European Immunisation Week was marked recently in Roscommon when prizes were presented in a HSE West poster competition at an event in Hannon’s Hotel in Roscommon. Among those in attendance was Fiona Quinn, Assistant Director of Public Health Nursing for Immunisation for Co. Roscommon, who is based at Lanesboro Road, Roscommon ‘The poster competition was the culmination of the event in Roscommon. We did a colouring competition aimed at parent and toddler groups and those attending clinics and also had stands at local supermarkets. Three children were selected as competition winners.’  The winners were: Emer Brennan from Boyle, Matthew O’Brien from Athlone and Niall Shanagher from Roxboro. ‘We are trying to increase uptake of the vaccines, particularly the MMR vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella, which is given to babies at 12 months. County Roscommon performs very well in terms of the uptake of immunisation compared to the rest of the country. There is a 96 percent uptake for most of the vaccines, while the uptake for the MMR vaccine is 93 percent. We just have to focus some attention on that and the importance of protection from measles, mumps and rubella cannot be emphasised too much. ‘From September, a new hepatitis B and pneumococcal vaccine will be given to all newborn children. It will be free and available from GPs and anyone who wants more information on this vaccine is asked to contact their public hearlth nurse, GP or the Child Health and Immunisation Office at Lanesboro Road, Roscommon, which can be contacted at (090) 66 37514.’