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Child Immunisations

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.

Read more about children’s vaccinations on the MHRA website.

Vaccination Checklist

Here’s a checklist of the vaccines that are routinely offered to everyone in the UK, free on the NHS, and the age at which they should ideally be given.

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 Vaccination
  • Rotavirus drops for winter diarrhoea & vomiting
  • Meningitis B, first dose

3 months:

  • 5-in-1, second dose (DTaP/IPV/Hib)
  • Rotavirus drops, second dose

4 months:

  • 5-in-1, third dose (DTaP/IPV/Hib)
  • Pneumococcal Vaccination
  • Meningitis B, second dose

Between 12 and 13 months:

  • Hib/MenC given as a single jab
  • MMR (measles, mumps and rubella), given as a single jab

3 years and 4 months or soon after:

  • MMR (measles, mumps and rubella), given as a single 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 14 years:

  • Diphtheria, tetanus and polio booster (Td/IPV), given as a single jab
  • MenACWY given as a single jab

Around 18-25 years:

  • All 1st year university students will be offered a single Meningitis C vaccination.

Pregnant Women:

  • ¬†All pregnant women are offered a Diptheria, tetanus, pertussis and polio booster between 16 and 32 weeks gestation.

65 and over:

  • Flu (every year) Pneumococcal

Aged 70 & 78 year olds only

  • Will be offered a shingles vaccination

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 available to find out whether you should have one.

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