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Elthorne Park Surgery

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

 

 

 

Vaccination Checklist

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. At Birth Tuberculosis (TB) or within first 12 months with Health Visitor in Hospital.

 

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
  • Rotavirus
  • Meningococcal B

3 months:

 

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

 

4 months:

 

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

*At risk children - 6 months to 2 years inactivated flu vaccine

 

   

 

 

Between 12 and 13 months:

  • Hib, fourth dose and meningitis C first dose (Hib/MenC given as a single jab)
  • MMR (measles, mumps and rubella), given as a single jab
  • Pneumococcal infection, third dose
  • Meningococcal B third dose

*Seasonal live nasal flu vaccine - over 2 years and up to less than 18 years

 

  

 

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): two jabs given within six months - normally given at school

 

 

Around 13-18 years:

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

 

65 and over:

  • Flu (every year)
  • Pneumococcal once
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70,78 and 79 years:

 

            Shingles vaccine

 

 

 

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, Hib Men C and Men ACWY and Pneumococcal repeated 5 yearly. 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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