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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.  


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.
  • Meningoccal group B disease
  • Rotavirus


3 months:

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


4 months:

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


Between 12 and 13 months:

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


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  


2,3,4 year olds and children in school years:

  • Influenza nasal spray


Around 12-13 years: Given at school

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


Around 13-18 years: Given at school

  • Given at school Diphtheria, tetanus and polio booster (Td/IPV), given as a single jab
  • Men C and Meningococcal group W disease.


65 and over:

  • Flu (every year)
  • Pneumococcal Vaccines


People who fall into certain risk groups may be offered extra vaccines. These include vaccinations against diseases such as hepatitis B(course of 3) which is given as a chargeable vaccine at the decretion of the surgery,

seasonal flu.


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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