Immunisations

Developmental checks and children's immunisations are offered to children of all our patients.

The following is a guide for the recommended ages for vaccinations and health checks.

8 weeks
(2 months)
1st: diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio and haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) 
1st: pneumococcal infection
1st: rotavirus
1st: Men B
12 weeks
(3 months)
2nd: diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio and Hib
1st: Men C
2nd: rotavirus
16 weeks
(4 months)
3rd: diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio and Hib
2nd: pneumococcal infection
2nd: Men B
12 - 13 months Booster: Hib and Men C
1st: measles, mumps and rubella
Booster: pneumococcal infection
3rd: Men B (provided fit age group criteria)
2 & 3 years Annual: 1st & 2nd children's flu vaccine
3 years 4 months Booster: diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and polio
2nd: measles, mumps and rubella
4 - 6 years Annual: children's flu vaccine
12 - 13 years 1st: human papillomavirus (HPV)
13 - 15 years Booster: Men C
13 - 18 years Booster: diphtheria, tetanus and polio
Men ACWY

The childhood vaccinations are given in rapid succession at two, three and four months to protect small babies from whooping cough, diphtheria, tetanus, polio, haemophilus Meningitis (HIB), pneumococcal Meningitis and Meningitis C. There are very few reasons for not vaccinating a child. If you are concerned that your child should not have a vaccination on a particular day, perhaps because they are unwell, please bring them to the surgery so that the doctor can assess whether or not to administer the vaccination. It is very rare for a child to be unable to have the whooping cough vaccinations. We would withhold the whooping cough vaccine only if a child had had previous bad reaction to this vaccine. Please note that epilepsy, asthma and prematurity are not medical reasons for withholding the jab. There is a very real danger of your baby suffering severe chest problems and possible epilepsy if the whooping cough illness is contracted in the first year of life through not being vaccinated. Over recent years many parents have been worried about a possible link between autism and the MMR jab. Many health experts have repeatedly reassured us that there is no such link and it is quite safe to give the MMR.

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