The head of the Medical Association will meet a Department of Health official today to discuss working together to promote early-childhood vaccinations. A department official confirmed the meeting with association president Choi Kin, but stressed that it would be informal. They are expected to discuss a public-private partnership on flu and pneumonia vaccinations, but not free immunisation services. Legislators have been pushing the government to offer free vaccinations. Dr Choi and his colleagues Chan Yee-shing and Tse Hung-hing - co-chairmen of the association's taskforce on vaccination - said prevention was better than cure and vaccinations had the greatest impact on children. Children, especially newborns, have less-developed immune systems and therefore can easily catch infectious diseases and serious illnesses. There were about 70,000 babies born in Hong Kong last year. The association's doctors warned that children with low immunity - those diagnosed with certain acute illnesses, allergies or immune-deficiency diseases, or those taking drugs that suppress the immune system - should not receive vaccinations. Parents should take their children to clinics for vaccinations because doctors can monitor and treat any adverse reactions, and keep medical records for future access, they said. The association has produced and is distributing a poster describing vaccines that are common worldwide and preventable diseases, and advising parents on when to immunise their children. The department's maternal and child health clinics provide vaccinations against tuberculosis, hepatitis B, poliomyelitis, diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus, mumps, measles and rubella according to a government schedule.