Caring for children in the clinic
Our staff understand the worries and concerns you as a parent may have when considering the vaccine options for your child. Our clinicians are trained in caring for children of all ages and we are very proud to include Catherine, a Specialist Paediatric nurse, as one of our staff.
Many parents undertake a lot of research before choosing vaccines for their children and our staff are always willing to answer any queries you have either before you arrive, or on the day.
Frequently asked qustions...
Will it be uncomfortable?Sometimes, sometimes not. Nobody likes having an injection, but our staff are incredibly talented and also quick. We find this minimises the discomfort felt. Many, many parents comment on how surprised they are at the pleasantness of the whole process. What will happen on the day?Come to reception on the first floor and our friendly receptionist will ask you to provide us with your child’s details. We have a few toys in reception and you may wish to bring one of your child’s favourites from home. When you meet one of our nurses, you will be able to ask them any questions you may have. When you are happy to proceed, we will carry out the vaccination. We would suggest toddlers wear a short-sleeve top. Babies will normally have vaccines administered into their legs, with toddlers and older children having their vaccinations in their arms. What should I to do before the appointment?There is very little preparation requiredClothing Dress the child in clothing that offers either easy access to an arm (if walking) or a leg (if not walking)Information Depending on the age of the child and their temperament, some parents like to explain what is happening whilst some keep explanations to a minimum to avoid and distress.Pain killers We will let you know if you need to provide your child with calpol – this depends on the vaccine.Documentation If you bring your child’s ‘red book’ we will add vaccine information in the relevant section Are vaccines effective?Yes Vaccine efficacy varies according to a range of reasons. Some vaccines provide life-long immunity, whilst some offer protection for a few years before needing a booster. Occasionally vaccines do not work for some individuals, but there are normally good reasons for this and this should not put anyone of having a vaccine in the first instance.