Child Immunisations

It is most important that your child is properly immunised. The Practice runs a comprehensive infant and pre-school immunisation programme in liaison with the Health Visitor. Parents are automatically informed when their child is due for the next injection. The schedule of vaccinations is:

Routine childhood immunisation programme

Each vaccination is given as a single injection into the muscle of the thigh or upper arm.

Two months old
Protected against: Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib), Pneumococcal disease, Diarrhoea and Vomiting
Vaccine: DTaP/IPV/Hib, Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) and Rotavirus Drops

Three months old
Protected against: Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, Hib and Meningitis C
Vaccine: DTaP/IPV/Hib, MenC and Rotavirus Drops

Four months old
Protected against: Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, Hib and Pneumococcal disease
Vaccine: DTaP/IPV/Hib and Pneumococcal Vaccine

Between 12 and 13 months old – within a month of the first birthday
Protected against: Pneumococcal disease, Measles, mumps and rubella (German measles), Hib and Meningitis C
Vaccine: Hib/MenC, PCV and MMR

Three years and four months or soon after “Pre School”
Protected against: Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and polio, Measles, mumps and rubella
Vaccine: DTaP/IPV and MMR

Girls aged 12 to 13 years
Protected against: Cervical cancer caused by human papillomavirus types 16 and 18
Vaccine: HPV (normally given at school)

13 to 18 years old
Protected against: Tetanus, diphtheria and polio and Meningitis C
Vaccine: dt/IPV (normally given at school) and Meningitis C booster

Non-routine immunisations for at-risk babies

At birth (to babies who are more likely to come into contact with TB than the general population)
Protected against: Tuberculosis
Vaccine: BCG (normally given in hospital)

At birth (to babies whose mothers have hepatitis B)
Protected against: Hepatitis B
Vaccine: Hep B (normally given in hospital)

Parents or guardians will be asked to sign a consent form before routine childhood immunisations.

Immunisation for Adults

Anyone who has had a full primary course of 3 injections and at least two boosters will have life-long immunity, but contaminated wounds or foreign travel may require further immunisation.

Polio / Diphtheria
A full primary course with two boosters will give adequate protection for UK residents. However, a booster may be needed for travel abroad.

It is strongly recommended that all women planning to become pregnant should have their immunity to rubella checked and, if necessary, immunisation can then be given.

Meningitis C
University students. Those previously unimmunised who are going to attend a college of further education, especially in residence.

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More information on Immunisations is available on the website.