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Child Immunisation


One of the most important things that a parent can do for their child is to make sure that they have all their routine childhood vaccinations. It's the most effective way of keeping them protected against infectious diseases.

 

Ideally, kids should have their jabs at the right age to protect them as early as possible and minimise the risk of infection.


Vaccination Checklist (Full Schedule from 1 September 2015) 

 

Here's a checklist of the vaccines that are routinely offered to everyone in the UK for free on the NHS, and the age at which you should ideally have them. From 1 September 2015 all children are being offered Meningitis B vaccine as part of the primary schedule and at 12-13 months. 

 

2 months:

  • Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib, a bacterial infection that can cause severe pneumonia or meningitis in young children) given as a 5-in-1 single jab known as DTaP/IPV/Hib
  • Pneumococcal infection
  • Oral Paracetamol for the Meningitis B vaccination
  • Meningitis B
    • Rotavirus Oral Vaccine 

    3 months:

    • 5-in-1, second dose (DTaP/IPV/Hib)
    • Meningitis C
    • Rotavirus Oral Vaccine 
    4 months:
    • 5-in-1, third dose (DTaP/IPV/Hib)
    • Pneumococcal infection, second dose
    • Oral Paracetamol for the Meningitis B vaccination
    • Meningitis B; second dose

    Between 12 and 13 months:

    • Meningitis C
    • Hib, fourth dose (Hib given with MenC given as a single jab)
    • MMR (measles, mumps and rubella), given as a single jab
    • Pneumococcal infection, third dose
    • Meningitis B; third (booster) dose (no Paracetamol required)
    3 years and 4 months, or soon after:
    • MMR second jab
    • Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and polio (DtaP/IPV), given as a 4-in-1 pre-school booster
    Around 12-13 years:
    • Cervical cancer (HPV) vaccine, which protects against cervical cancer (girls only): three jabs given within six months
    Around 13-18 years:
    • Diphtheria, tetanus and polio booster (Td/IPV), given as a single jab
    65 and over:
    • Flu (every year)
    • Pneumococcal

    Vaccines For Risk Groups

     

    People who fall into certain risk groups may be offered extra vaccines. These include vaccinations against diseases such as hepatitis B, tuberculosis (TB), seasonal flu and chickenpox. See the NHS Choices pages on vaccines for adults to find out whether you should have one.

     

    Read more about vaccines for kids on the NHS Choices website.


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