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Oakwood Medical Centre

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

 

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.

 

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 and Rotavirus( given orally to protect against Diarrheoa & vomiting)
  • Rotavirus by mouth
  • Menigitis 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
  • Menigitis B
  • HIb and Meningitis C

 

Between 12 and 13 months:

  • Meningitis B,  
  • MMR (measles, mumps and rubella), given as a single jab
  • Pneumococcal infection, third dose

Children aged 2-6 years ( including school years 1 & 2)

Annual nasal influenza from September- 31st January

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 doses six -twelve months apart.
Around 13-18 years:
  • Diphtheria, tetanus and polio booster (Td/IPV), plus meningitis c two separate injections 
  • Meningococcal groups ACWY.
65 and over:
  • Flu (every year)
  • Pneumococcal

Aged 70 yrs , 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 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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