Child Immunisation

Parents in the United Kingdom are routinely offered a range of vaccinations for their children to protect them, and others, from the spread of dangerous infectious diseases.

The full range of immunisations to protect your children and others from the spread of dangerous infectious diseases is available at The Groves. The recommended immunisations, and the ages at which they are normally given,can be found in the schedule below :

5-in-1 Vaccine

baby2Officially referred to as the DTaP/IPV/Hib vaccination, this protects against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio and the haemophilus type B flu which is commonly known as Hib. It is injected into babies’ thigh muscles in three doses at 8, 12 and 16 weeks of age. (An additional boost for the Hib vaccine is administered at 12-13 months as part of the combined Hib/MenC booster, see below.)

Pneumococcal Vaccine

This protects against pneumonia, septicaemia, meningitis (other than meningitis C) and other infections caused by the streptococcus pneumoniae bacterium, which present a heightened risk to children under the age of two. The vaccine is administered in a three-jab course when the child is two months, four months and 12-13 months old.

Meningitis C Vaccine

The MenC jab, given at three months and four months, protects against the virulent meningitis C and septicaemia strains caused by the meningococcal group C bacteria. (An additional boost for this vaccine is administered at 12-13 months as part of the combined Hib/MenC booster, see below.) Since this vaccine was introduced in 1999, there has been a 99% drop in the number of lab-confirmed cases in people under the age of 20.

Hib/MenC Booster Vaccine

This booster against Hib and meninigitis C is given at 12-13 months, together with the pneumococcal and MMR vaccines.

MMR Vaccine

This vaccine protects against measles, mumps and rubella. It’s administered at 12-13 months, together with the Hib/MenC booster and pneumococcal vaccines, and again at about 3 years 4 months of age or soon thereafter.

Pre-school Booster

Officially known as the DTaP/IPV booster, this protects against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough and polio, and is given together with the MMR vaccine at about 3 years 4 months of age or shortly thereafter.

In addition to these routine immunisations, there are a range of vaccines available for babies and children who may be at special risk, including tuberculosis, flu, and hepatitis B.

 

The vaccination schedule

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

If you’re not sure whether you or your child have had all your routine vaccinations, ask your GP or practice nurse to find out for you. It may be possible to ‘catch up’ later in life.

 

2 months

5-in-1 (DTaP/IPV/Hib) vaccine – this single jab contains vaccines to protect against five separate diseases: 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)

Pneumococcal (PCV) vaccine

Rotavirus vaccine

 

3 months

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

Meningitis C

Rotavirus vaccine, second dose

 

4 months

5-in-1 (DTaP/IPV/Hib) vaccine, third dose

Pneumococcal (PCV) vaccine, second dose

 

Between 12 and 13 months

Hib/Men C booster, given as a single jab containing meningitis C (second dose) and Hib (fourth dose)

Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccinegiven as a single jab

Pneumococcal (PCV) vaccine, third dose

 

3 years and 4 months, or soon after

Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine, second dose

4-in-1 (DTaP/IPV) pre-school booster, given as a single jab containing vaccines against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough (pertussis) and polio

 

Around 12-13 years

HPV vaccine, which protects against cervical cancer (girls only) – three jabs given within six months

 

Around 13-18 years

3-in-1 (Td/IPV) teenage booster, given as a single jab which contains vaccines against diphtheria, tetanus and polio

 

Around 13-15 years

Meningitis C booster (from September 2013)

 

About The Groves – Private Medical Services

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