Burnley GP urges residents to get themselves vital immunisations

A Burnley GP has warned patients to still have vital immunisations despite the Tier Two Government restrictions in the town.

Thursday, 15th October 2020, 3:45 pm

GP surgeries have remained open during the pandemic, though face-to-face appointments have been restricted.

However, immunisations of adults and children are continuing and are one of the most effective ways to keep people healthy.

Dr Zulqarnain Shah, lead GP at SSP Health’s Colne Road Practice in Burnley, says it is vital people continue to access their local surgery for immunisations.

Dr Zulqarnain Shah

He said: “It is critical that you, your child or a family member come to your GP surgery if you are invited for an immunisation.

“As children grow, they are exposed to many risks, including infections. Most will cause mild illnesses but despite huge medical advances, some infections can still cause severe illness, disability and sometimes death.

“Before vaccines were available, many children in the UK died from diseases such as whooping cough, measles and polio. Despite successful immunisation programmes, the diseases that vaccines protect against do still exist.

“The benefit of immunisation is that you or your child has the best possible protection against dangerous diseases. This can also give you peace of mind.

“Despite COVID, it is safe to come to the surgery for an immunisation - and it may just save a life.”