Healthy Children

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​​Common childhood illnesses

Every parent or carer wants to know what to do when a child is ill – our handy online guide provides information on how to care for your child at home, when to call your GP and when to contact Emergency Services. 

View our gui​de for parents and carers of children aged 0 to 5 years old​​


Vaccinations, also called immunisations, have saved countless lives, and are one of the most effective measures to help you stay well. Vaccinations are usually given in your GP surgery or within schools and if a vaccine has been missed it can be given by a GP practice or in community clinics. 
If you are concerned your child may have missed vaccinations, please contact your GP surgery. 
In addition, the NHS Choices website now has an NHS-accredited vaccination guide . 
You'll find facts about routine NHS vaccinations, vaccines for people in special risk groups, and for those travelling abroad. So whether you're the parent of a young child, a teenager leaving home for university, or a carer looking after an elderly relative, you'll find accurate advice on the vaccinations that you need to stay healthy.

To find out more and get advice go to the NHS Choices website.