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More babies and children under 5 years of age have received their childhood immunisations in Keighley, thanks to a new baby wellbeing clinic at Airedale Shopping Centre.

The number of children in Keighley registered with Modality Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven (AWC) protected against dangerous diseases like measles, whooping cough and polio has increased, with more than 8 in 10 children aged 18-months-old now getting their first MMR immunisation.

The baby wellbeing sessions offer immunisations, baby weighing, health advice and signposting to local services. They’re hosted by Modality AWC, Bradford District and Craven Health and Care Partnership and a range of community partners including Maternity Circles, Keighley Healthy Living and Family Hubs.

Dr Zoyah Hussain, a GP from Modality AWC partnership said: “By going out into popular community settings, such as shopping centres, we can make sure the baby wellbeing clinics are accessible and convenient for parents and carers to be able to get their babies and children immunised.

“The baby wellbeing clinics also mean that parents and carers can get advice to keep their children well, as we are able to provide help on all aspects of babies and young children’s health. Our aim is to encourage all parents to check their children’s immunisations status and book an appointment with us if their children have missed any immunisations.”

Nagina Javaid, Programme Director for Children, Young People and Families at Bradford District and Craven Health and Care Partnership said: “It’s great to see so many people coming forward to get their children immunised and protected against preventable diseases like measles.

“A whole range of partners have been involved in the baby wellbeing events, acting as one to support parents and families; from the practice team contacting parents directly to remind them about their child’s immunisations, to our community partners at the Good Shepherd Centre and the Highfield Community Association who organised outreach sessions.”

The Modality AWC partnership and Maternity Circles will be hosting two more baby wellbeing events at Airedale Shopping Centre from 9am-1pm on Thursday 13 June and from 9am-1pm on Thursday 11 July. Parents and carers of babies and young children can drop in to get advice on health and immunisations.

The best way to protect your baby against serious diseases like measles, mumps, rubella and whooping cough is through immunisation. Once immunised their bodies are able to fight those diseases. Your GP will offer your baby their first injections at 8 weeks old, and then at 12 weeks, 16 weeks, 12 months and 3 years, 4 months.