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Immunisation Services

Routine Childhood immunisation ProgrammesIn the UK the following routine vaccinations are offered free of charge on the NHS to all children from birth to 5 years of age.

Primary vaccinations; At 2, 3 and 4 months of age

This vaccine protects against 5 diseases: diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio and Hib (haemophilus influenza type B).
More about the primary vaccine 

Pneumococcal (PCV)

Protects against: some types of pneumococcal infection.
This vaccine is given at the same time as the vaccine above Given at: 2, 4 and  a booster at 12-13 months of age.
More about the pneumococcal jab

Meningitis C (MenC)

Protects against: meningitis C (meningococcal type C).
Given at: 3 and 4 months of age.
More about the MenC jab

Vaccines given at 12-13 months

1st MMR vaccine (Measles/Mumps/Rubella)
Protects against: measles, mumps and rubella.
More about the MMR jab

Hib/MenC (booster)/Pneumococcal (Booster)
Protects against: haemophilus influenza type b (Hib) and meningitis C.
November 2010  The boosters of Hib/MenC and PCV are now offered with MMR in a single visit between 12 and 13 months of age (that is, within a month after the child's first birthday).
More about the Hib/MenC booster

Pre-school Boosters given at: 3 years and 4 months of age or shortly thereafter.

Protects against: diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough) and polio.
More about the DTaP/IPV pre-school booster
MMR Booster
Protects against: measles, mumps and rubella

Non-routine vaccinations:

These vaccinations are offered, in addition to the routine programme, to special ‘at risk’ groups of babies and children.

BCG (Bacillus Calmette-Guerrin)

Protects against: tuberculosis (TB).

Given: from birth to 12 months of age.

More about the BCG vaccine

Flu Vaccinations

Protects against: seasonal flu. Vaccination against seasonal flu is recommended for following :

  • children and adults with certain medical conditions such as respiratory diseases, cardiac diseases, Kidney diseases, liver diseases, neurological diseases and or children with weakened immune system.
  • All pregnant women will need to have this vaccination to protect the pregnant women and their baby from flu.
  • People living in longstay residential/nursing care homes
  • Those who are in receipt of carers allowance or are the main carer of an individual
  • Frontline health and social care workers

More about the flu jab

Hepatitis B

Protects against: hepatitis B.

Who needs it: children at high risk of exposure to hepatitis B, and babies born to infected mothers.

Given: at any age, as four doses given over 12 months. A baby born to a mother infected with hepatitis B will be offered a dose at birth, one month of age, 2 months of age and one year of age.

More on the hepatitis B vaccine

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