Children’s Immunisation Schedule
Please note any child being bought by anyone other than a parent/guardian will need a written letter of consent.
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.
- 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
- Meningitis B Vaccine – From September 2015 – The Meningitis B vaccine will be offered to babies alongside their other routine vaccinations at aged 2months, followed by a second dose at 4months and a booster at 12 to 13months (must be less than 14months old). There will also be a temporary catch-up programme for babies who are due their 3rd month (12 week) and 4th month (16 week) vaccinations.
- Babies given the Men B vaccine alongside their other routine vaccinations at two and four months are likely to develop fever within the first 24 hours after vaccination. Giving you baby liquid paracetamol will reduce the risk of fever after vaccination. Please bring liquid paracetamol with you when you attend for your child’s vaccinations.
- 5-in-1, second dose (DTaP/IPV/Hib)
- Meningitis C
- 5-in-1, third dose (DTaP/IPV/Hib)
- Pneumococcal infection, second dose
- Meningitis C, second dose
Between 12 and 13 months:
- Meningitis C, third dose
- Hib, fourth dose (Hib/MenC given as a single jab)
- MMR (measles, mumps and rubella), given as a single jab
- Pneumococcal infection, third dose
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
- Men ACWY Vaccine – From August 2016, all 17 and 18 year olds in school year 13 and first-time university students up to the age of 25 will be offered the Men ACWY vaccine as part of the NHS vaccination programme. The Men ACWY vaccine protects against four different causes of meningitis and septicaemia – meningococcal (Men A, C, W and Y diseases.GP practices will automatically send letters inviting teenagers in school year 13 to have the Men ACWY vaccine.
There will also be a catch-up vaccination programme for current school year 10 students through schools from January 2017. The Men ACWY vaccine will also be added to the routine adolescent schools programme (school year 9 and 10) from autumn 2016, alongside the 3-in-1 teenage booster, and as a direct replacement for the Men C vaccination.
65 and over:
- Flu (every year)
- Shingles Vaccination – Routine shingles vaccine will be offered to 70 and 78 years old. Those eligible will be invited by letter. If you were eligible last year for this vaccine but but didn’t receive it but would like to be vaccinated there is a possibility you are still eligible – please contact reception to enquire.
HPA Childrens Vaccination Schedule
Click here for the recommended HPA vaccination schedule
Seasonal Flu Vaccination
Influenza – flu – is a highly infectious and potentially serious illness caused by influenza viruses. Each year the make-up of the seasonal flu vaccine is designed to protect against the influenza viruses that the World Health Organization decide are most likely to be circulating in the coming winter.
Regular immunisation (vaccination) is given free of charge to the following at-risk people, to protect them from seasonal flu:
- people aged 65 or over,
- people with a serious medical condition
- people living in a residential or nursing home
- the main carers for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer becomes ill
- healthcare or social care professionals directly involved in patient care, and
- those who work in close contact with poultry, such as chickens.
Recommended Vaccination during pregnancy
It is recommended that all pregnant women have the flu vaccine, whatever stage of pregnancy they’re in. This is because there is good evidence that pregnant women have an increased risk of developing complications if they get flu, particularly from the H1N1 strain.
Studies have shown that the flu vaccine can be safely and effectively given during any trimester of pregnancy. The vaccine does not carry risks for either the mother or baby. In fact, studies have shown that mothers who have had the vaccine while pregnant pass some protection to their babies, which lasts for the first few months of their lives.
All pregnant women are eligible for the whooping cough vaccine from week 16 of their pregnancy. The ideal time to have the vaccine is between weeks 16 and 32, but the sooner you get it the better. This means there’s more time for your body to make antibodies and for these to be passed to your unborn baby.
Children’s Flu vaccination
As per previous years 2 and 3 year olds will be offered a flu vaccine at their surgery.
Children older than 3 on the 1st September will be vaccinated at school. Children under 2 years of age whom have a clinical need for the flu vaccine, will be eligible for a different flu vaccine.