Summer Holiday Vaccinations: Keeping Your Family Healthy and Happy

September 14, 2023

Summer Holiday Vaccinations: Keeping Your Family Healthy and Happy

Summer is here, and it’s time for sun, fun, and family adventures! As we embark on our long-awaited summer holidays, ensuring the health and well-being of our loved ones becomes a top priority. One essential aspect of preparing for your holidays is getting the right vaccinations. At Childhealthy we’re committed to helping families stay healthy and happy, so let’s explore the importance of summer holiday vaccinations and answer some common questions.

Why are Summer Holiday Vaccinations Important?

Summer holidays often involve traveling to new places, where we might encounter different diseases and health risks. Vaccinations can protect your family from various infectious diseases and ensure a safe and enjoyable vacation. Moreover, some travel destinations may require specific vaccinations as a condition of entry.

Common Questions About Summer Holiday Vaccinations:

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Which vaccinations are recommended for my child before going on a summer holiday?

The recommended vaccinations depend on your destination and your child’s age and medical history. Common vaccinations include those for measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), hepatitis A, and typhoid. Consult your family doctor or a travel health clinic for personalised advice or click here for a more useful information.

At what age can children start getting summer holiday vaccinations?

Many vaccinations can be administered from early childhood. Some can even begin as early as 6 months of age. Your healthcare provider will determine the appropriate timing for each vaccine based on your child’s individual needs.

Can’t we rely on natural immunity instead of vaccinations?

While some infections may offer natural immunity after recovery, relying solely on this approach is risky. Contracting the diseases could lead to severe complications, especially for children with weaker immune systems. Vaccinations provide a safer and more reliable way to build immunity.

How long before our holiday should we get vaccinated?

It’s best to plan ahead and get vaccinated well before your travel date. Some vaccinations require multiple doses or take time to become effective. Aim to get vaccinated at least 4 to 6 weeks before your departure to ensure adequate protection.

Baby keeps choking on milk

It’s not uncommon for babies to gag during feeding, though it can seem like a cause for concern. However, it’s important to understand that babies are born with a ‘hyper-gag reflex’ – a protective mechanism designed to prevent choking.

This exaggerated reflex can sometimes cause babies to gag or cough during feeding, but it is generally a normal part of their development.

If your baby does gag during feeding, the first step is to stop feeding and remain calm. It’s important to remember that most episodes of gagging or choking are resolved quickly, especially if it is due to liquids.

You can gently position your baby upright with good head and neck support, as this can help them manage the issue and clear their airway more easily.

Prevention is key when it comes to managing gagging during feeding. Ensuring that your baby is in an appropriate feeding position, such as semi-upright with their head slightly elevated, can help reduce the risk of choking.

Keeping an eye on the flow of milk during feeding, as well as pacing the feeding and allowing your baby to take breaks, can also help prevent episodes of gagging or choking.

If your baby consistently chokes during feeds, it’s important to consult your paediatrician for further evaluation. They can provide personalised recommendations based on your baby’s needs and ensure that your baby is feeding safely.

Childhealthy also offers first aid training classes to provide parents with the skills they need to assist their choking baby or child.

As you embark on your summer holiday adventure, don’t forget the importance of vaccinations in keeping your family healthy and protected. Preparing for your trip well in advance and staying up-to-date with vaccinations will allow you to fully enjoy your vacation worry-free. At Childhealthy, we believe in promoting family well-being and providing the necessary information to make informed decisions about your family’s health. Have a fantastic and safe summer holiday!

Where To Get Children’s Vaccines

Travel vaccines are not available for all children via the UK immunisation schedule. Childhealthy offers all vaccinations to protect your child including all those on the UK immunisation schedule and international schedules. Take a look at the list of vaccinations that we offer.

Please contact us via the contact page on our website or book online, and we can book your child in for vaccination at a time that suits you.


Disclaimer: Information contained in this article is intended as general advice and does not replace a medical assessment. If you are concerned about your child, please contact your doctor for advice.


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