Child health 0-5 Years

Children's Immunisation Schedule

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.

Routine childhood immunisations 

When to immunise

Diseases protected against

Vaccine given

Site**

Two months old

Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)

DTaP/IPV/Hib (Pediacel)

Thigh

Pneumococcal disease

PCV (Prevenar 13)

Thigh

Rotavirus

Rotavirus (Rotarix)

By mouth

Three months old

Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio and Hib

DTaP/IPV/Hib (Pediacel)

Thigh

Meningococcal group C disease (MenC)

Men C (NeisVac-C or Menjugate)

Thigh

Rotavirus

Rotavirus (Rotarix)

By mouth

Four months old

Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio and Hib

DTaP/IPV/Hib (Pediacel)

Thigh

Pneumococcal disease

PCV (Prevenar 13)

Thigh

Between 12 and 13 months
old – within a month
of the first birthday

Hib/MenC

Hib/MenC (Menitorix)

Upper arm/thigh

Pneumococcal disease

PCV (Prevenar 13)

Upper arm/thigh

Measles, mumpsand rubella (German measles)

MMR(Priorix or MMR VaxPRO)

Upper arm/thigh

Three years four months
old or soon after

Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and polio

dTaP/IPV (Repevax) or DTaP/IPV(Infanrix-IPV)

Upper arm

Measles, mumpsand rubella

MMR (Priorix or MMR VaxPRO)(check first dose has been given)

Upper arm

 

Please note

** Where two or more injections are required at once, these should ideally be given in different limbs. Where this is not possible, injections in the same limb should be given 2.5cm apart.

Immunisations for at-risk children 

When to immunise

Diseases protected against

Vaccine given

Site

At birth, 1 month old, 2 months old and 12 months old

Hepatitis B

Hep B

Thigh

At birth

Tuberculosis

BCG

Upper arm (intradermal)


Childrens Health

There is a good guide on the NHS website which describes various conditions affecting children. There is advice on how to diagnose them, how to treat them and if further advice should be consulted.

NHS childhood illness slideshow


When Should I Worry?

Having an ill child can be a very scary experience for parents. If you understand more about the illness it can help you to feel more in control. This booklet is for parents (and older children) and deals with common infections in children who are normally healthy.

http://www.salisburymedicalcentre.co.uk/images/pdf.jpgDownload the booklet


http://www.salisburymedicalcentre.co.uk/images/nhs_choices.gifNHS Choices Conditions and Treatments

See the NHS Choices Conditions and Treatments browser for an in-depth description of many common health issues.


These links all come from trusted resources but if you are unsure about these or any other medical matters please contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice