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From the 1st of November 2023 how we handle urine samples, for possible UTI's, across the surgeries changed. Females age between 16-64yrs, can access treatment from several local pharmacies. Follow the link under Access our Online Tools
The practice will be closed from 6.pm on Friday 3rd & 24th May and will re-open at 8.30am on Tuesday 7th and 28th May 2024
The practice will be closed from 12 noon on Wednesday 17th April 2024 and will re-open at 8.30am on Thursday 18th April 2024
The car park directly to the front of the building is being resurfaced on SATURDAY 20TH APRIL. The practice is closed on this day, but residents and other members of the public are kindly asked NOT to use the car park on this date.

How long do babies carry their mother's immunity?

During the last 3 months of pregnancy, antibodies from mothers are passed to their unborn babies through the placenta.

This type of immunity is called passive immunity because the baby has been given antibodies rather than making them itself.

Antibodies are special proteins the immune system produces to help protect the body against bacteria and viruses.

The amount and type of antibodies passed to the baby depends on the mother's immunity.

For example, if you have had chickenpox, you should have developed immunity against the condition and some of the chickenpox antibodies will be passed to your baby.

But if you haven't had chickenpox, your baby will not be protected.

Immunity in newborn babies is only temporary and starts to decrease after the first few weeks or months.

Breast milk also contains antibodies, which means that babies who are breastfed have passive immunity for longer.

The thick yellowish milk (colostrum) produced for the first few days following birth is particularly rich in antibodies.

Premature babies are at higher risk of developing an illness because their immune systems are not as strong and they haven't had as many antibodies passed to them.

As newborn immunity is only temporary, it's important to begin childhood vaccinations when your baby is 2 months old. This applies to babies who are either premature or full-term.

The first vaccination, given when your baby is 2 months old, includes whooping cough and Hib (haemophilus influenza type b) because immunity to these conditions decreases the fastest.

Passive immunity to measles, mumps and rubella can last for up to a year, which is why the MMR vaccine is given just after your baby's first birthday (although there may be some circumstances in which earlier MMR vaccination is recommended).

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