Hartlepool has lower than average uptake for childhood jabs that protect against deadly diseases

Picture: PA Wire
Picture: PA Wire

PUBLIC health workers will join forces to raise awareness about the importance of families vaccinating young children against dangerous diseases.

The event, featuring characters from the hit Disney movie Frozen, will feature a range of fun activities to help get the message across.

Vaccinations are the safest way to protect your child from potentially life-threatening diseases

Julia Waller, screening and immunisation manager

It will take place on Tuesday, March 17 at Rossmere Children’s Centre in Hartlepool.

Activities will include face painting, cooking sessions, badge-making, and appearances from Frozen’s Elsa and Anna.

Health workers will also be on hand to answer any questions and bust myths about kids’ vaccinations.

The event has been organised jointly by Hartlepool Borough Council and local NHS screening and immunisation team.

Julia Waller, screening and immunisation manager, said: “Routine vaccinations are offered free to all babies and children in the UK, which help protect them from catching a range of potentially serious, even fatal, diseases, such as meningitis C and measles, mumps and rubella (MMR).

“Vaccinations are the safest way to protect your child from potentially life-threatening diseases, but we know that the Hartlepool area has lower than the national average uptake for childhood immunisation.

“We’re hoping the event will be a fun day for everyone and that people can come along and be reassured that vaccinations are safe, quick and effective.”

The day will span across two sessions, the first at 9.30am-11am and a second between 1pm–2.30pm.

Deborah Gibbin, a health improvement practitioner at Hartlepool council, added: “We are delighted to be working with colleagues at Public Health England and NHS England to organise this important event.

“It is vital we protect Hartlepool’s babies and children from potentially life-threatening diseases and this event will raise awareness of the routine vaccinations that are offered free of charge. The event will be great fun and there will be something on offer for all the family.”