Immunisations and general health care for babies and children

Vaccinations are an important step in protecting your child against a range of serious illnesses. Vaccinations are quick, safe and extremely effective. Once your child has been vaccinated against a disease, their body can fight that disease more effectively if they come into contact with it. If a child isn't vaccinated, they will be at increased risk of catching the illness.

When a child is born, it is the parent’s responsibility to ensure that the child receives their routine vaccinations. The current schedule is as follows:

2 months:

5-in-1 (DTaP/IPV/Hib) vaccine – this single jab contains vaccines to protect against five separate diseases: 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)
Pneumococcal (PCV) vaccine
Rotavirus vaccine (from July 1 2013)

3 months:

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

4 months:

5-in-1 (DTaP/IPV/Hib) vaccine, third dose
Pneumococcal (PCV) vaccine, second dose
Meningitis C vaccine, second dose

12-13 months:

Hib/Men C booster, given as a single jab containing meningitis C (third dose) and Hib (fourth dose)
Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine, given as a single jab
Pneumococcal (PCV) vaccine, third dose

3 years and 4 months, or soon after

Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine, second dose
4-in-1 (DTaP/IPV) pre-school booster, given as a single jab containing vaccines against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough (pertussis) and polio

12-13 years

HPV vaccine, protects against cervical cancer (girls only) – three jabs given within six months

13-18 years

3-in-1 (Td/IPV) teenage booster, given as a single jab which contains vaccines against diphtheria, tetanus and polio

For more information, please visit the vaccination checklist or speak to your Doctor at the medical centre where you are registered.