DISTRICT health experts are urging parents to ensure their children keep up-to-date with vaccinations.

Medical bosses say it is more important than ever during the current coronavirus pandemic that youngsters receive all their immunisations.

The plea follows fears that some parents may not make or keep appointments during the crisis.

A new online guide has been produced, reinforcing the message for parents and carers of young children.

It says that protecting children from a number of potentially-serious illnesses means they are more likely to remain healthy – and in turn reduce pressures on NHS services.

The guide adds that parents may be asked to attend a different surgery from their usual one for their child’s immunisations, but that all GP practices are following social distancing guidance so it is safe to attend.

A range of advice for families during the current emergency has been developed by Bradford Council’s public health department, alongside the NHS and other health partners.

Further information can be found at bradford.gov.uk/health/improve-your-childs-health/immunisations.

Sarah Muckle, the council’s director of public health, said: “It is more important than ever to ensure your children are protected from serious illnesses to help them stay healthy during lockdown.

“Making sure they are up-to-date with their vaccinations is the best thing you can do.”

The importance of the vaccinations is also stressed by Dr Kirsty King, a GP and the clinical lead for children and young people with NHS Bradford District and Craven Clinical Commissioning Group.

She said: “The vaccinations are the most effective way to prevent infectious diseases such as measles and mumps.

“GP practices are very much still here to help. Although most appointments are happening over the phone or via video consultation, those that do need to come into the surgery for things like routine vaccinations are able to do safely. Your GP practice will give you advice on what to do when you book your appointment.

“Even if your child has missed a vaccination, I would urge you to call your practice as you will still be able to catch up.”