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Child safety and immunisations

Child Safety and Immunisations


  • Pregnancy and early years: It is important for you and your child to receive certain immunisations during this time to protect from certain diseases - see NHS Choices website.
  • To find out why immunisations are so important, please read the information on the NHS Choices website.

Travel Safety

  • From birth:
    • Make sure the car seat is suitable for the age, height and weight of your baby/child
    • Not all car seats fit all cars. If the seat isn't right the child won't be safe.
    • When your child can walk - make sure they know to hold an adults hand or use walking reins.

Home Safety

  • Falls - Use safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs.
  • Suffocation - Don't use duvets or pillows on young children's beds.
  • Poisoning - Put medicines and cleaning products out of the reach of toddlers.
  • Drowning - Never leave a baby or toddler alone in or near water.
  • Choking - Cut big pieces of food into small pieces; grapes should be cut into quarters or halves..
  • Burns and scalds - Put babies down before having a hot drink.
  • Danger of house fires - Check the fire alarm regularly.


Child Safety



  • 95.5% vaccination coverage of Dtap/IPV/Hib at 1 years old
  • 97.1% vaccination coverage of MenC
  • 95.4% vaccination coverage of PCV

Child Safety

  • Rate of hospital admissions of unintentional or deliberate injuries in children aged 0-4 years is 124.7 per 10,000 (similar to the England average).

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Last updated: 9 December 2019 | Last reviewed: 9 December 2019