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'Losing my mum'

Sarah Phillips was 16 when her mother, Debbie, died after four years with cervical cancer. At the funeral, Sarah played a recording she had made of the song Autumn by Paolo Nutini. Little did she know that her cover version would become a YouTube hit. Sarah talks…

'My blood pressure was too high'

Jane Hudson: "My NHS Health Check was a wake-up call." Jane Hudson, aged 70 at the time of her NHS Health Check, is from Emley, near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. She lives with her husband and has one son and two daughters. Last year, Jane received a…

'My son has autism'

Deborah Packenham, from Barnet, has three children. Her youngest son, Johnny, 11, has autism. She describes her experience of caring for him as he grew up with the condition. "Johnny is my third child and he wasn't like the other two. He was much more…

'Why I chose to give my daughter the MMR jab'

"Harriet had already had her routine 5-in-1 vaccine and meningitis C jab when she was two months old. It was an automatic step for her to have these, which I didn't question or worry about. "But when she reached her first birthday and it was…

3-in-1 teenage booster

The teenage booster, also known as the 3-in-1 or the Td/IPV vaccine, is given as a single injection into the upper arm to boost your child's protection against three separate diseases: tetanus, diphtheria and polio. Who should have the 3-in-1 booster? The 3-in-1 teenage booster, is available routinely on the NHS…

3-in-1 teenage booster FAQs

Who should have the vaccination? How is the vaccine given? If I was vaccinated against tetanus, diphtheria and polio as a child, am I still protected? Can you get polio from the polio part of this vaccine? How many boosters do I need to have?…

3-in-1 teenage booster side effects

When side effects do occur after having the 3-in-1 teenage booster vaccine, they are most likely to be mild and happen within two or three days of receiving the jab. Very common reactions to the teenage 3-in-1 booster More than 1 child in 10 having the vaccine…

30 Hours Childcare and Tax-Free Childcare

The countdown is on!  Don’t forget if you have a 3 or 4 year old child the deadline for applying for the extended Early Years Education funding (‘30 Hours Childcare’) is the 31 August for your child to take up a childcare place from September 2021.…

4-in-1 pre-school booster

The 4-in-1 pre-school booster vaccine is offered to three-year-old children to boost their protection against four different serious diseases: diphtheria  tetanus  whooping cough polio Children are routinely vaccinated against these illnesses as babies through the 6-in-1 vaccine. The 4-in-1 pre-school booster vaccine increases their immunity even further. When should children have the 4-in-1…

4-in-1 pre-school booster side effects

The 4-in-1 pre-school booster is very safe but, as with all medicines, some babies do get side effects.  Side effects are generally mild and short lived and most likely to happen within 48 hours of the injection. Most children won't have any problems at all. Very common reactions to the pre-school…
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