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Childhood Immunisations

Here is the current immunisation programme in the UK.

UK 2013 Immunisation Schedule

Immunisation (Vaccine Given)
2 months
  • DTaP/IPV(polio)/Hib (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio, and Haemophilus influenzae type b) - all-in-one injection: Pediacel®; plus:
  • PCV (pneumococcal conjugate vaccine) - in a separate injection: Prevenar 13®.
  • Rotarix® (rotavirus gastroenteritis) - oral route.
3 months
  • DTaP/IPV(polio)/Hib (2nd dose: Pediacel®); plus:
  • MenC (meningitis C) - in a separate injection: NeisVac-C® or Meningitec®.
  • Rotarix® (rotavirus gastroenteritis) - oral route.
4 months
  • DTaP/IPV(polio)/Hib (3rd dose: Pediacel®); plus:
  • PCV (2nd dose: Prevenar 13®) - in a separate injection.
Between 12 and 13 months
  • Hib/MenC (combined as one injection) - 4th dose of Hib and 2nd dose of MenC: Menitorix®; plus:
  • MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) - combined as one injection: Priorix®   or MMR II®; plus:
  • PCV (3rd dose: Prevenar 13®) - in a separate injection.
3 years and four months to 5 years
  • Pre-school booster of DTaP/IPV(polio): Repevax® or Infanrix-IPV®; plus:
  • MMR (second dose: Priorix® or MMR II®) - in a separate injection.
Around 12-13 years (girls)
  • HPV (human papillomavirus types 16 and 18) - three injections: Gardasil®. The second injection is given 1-2 months after the first one. The third is given about six months after the first one.
Around 13-18 years
  • Td/IPV(polio) booster: Revaxis®.
  • MenC (booster dose: NeisVac® or Meningitec®) - in a separate injection.
  • Influenza and PCV for those aged over 65 years and also those in high-risk groups.
  • Td/IPV(polio) - for those not fully immunised as a child: Revaxis®.
  • DTaP/IPV(polio) - for pregnant women 28-38 weeks gestation.
  • Shingles (Zostavax®) for those aged 70-79 years (from Sept 2013).

vacc1Please check the following points before bringing your child to the surgery. There has been a lot of bad publicity in the newspapers about immunisation in children. However, remember your child is at greater risk from contracting the disease than he or she is from suffering reaction to immunisation.

  • Is your child suffering from any feverish illness? Don't worry about a runny nose without a fever.
  • Does either of the child's parents, or brothers and sisters suffer from epilepsy? Epilepsy in a more distant relative is not considered a problem.
  • Is your child taking steroid treatment?
  • Does your child suffer from any disease affecting his/her immune system?
  • Does your child suffer from a severe reaction to eggs?
  • Has your child suffered from a reaction to any previous immunisation injection?

If the answer to any of the questions above is yes, then tell your doctor and/or the nurse.

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