What should I ask my GP? Expand Because DMD is a rare disease, it’s likely that your GP will not have had a patient with DMD before. So, we recommend that you tell them about the Royal College of General Practitioners’ e-learning course on neuromuscular conditions in primary care. It will help them to better understand DMD and care for your child. It is important that you ask your GP to check that your child's vaccinations are up-to-date. They will need to receive the flu and chickenpox vaccinations, as well as all recommended childhood vaccines. These will protect them from preventable illnesses which would put an extra strain on their body. You can also ask them for a regular breathing test for your child. People with DMD need to have one at least once a year. This is because DMD affects all muscles, including the muscles needed for breathing. Your GP will be able to refer you and your child to to the local neuromuscular department, where you will be seen regularly. They can also help you to access local services for you and your child, including physiotherapy and, if you would like, counselling.