Baby, toddler, child & teenage immunisations timeline
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Baby, toddler, child & teenage immunisations timeline

A summary of the immunisations your baby, toddler, child and teenager will need.
In Short
A summary of the routine and optional vaccinations offered free on the NHS in the UK.

These are the routine vaccinations that are offered free of charge on the NHS to all babies and children in the UK.

5-in-1 vaccine

Protects against: diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio and Hib (Haemophilus influenzae type b)
Given at: 8, 12 and 16 weeks of age

Pneumococcal or pneumo jab (PCV)

Protects against: some types of pneumococcal infection
Given at: 8 weeks, 16 weeks and one year of age

Rotavirus vaccine

Protects against: rotavirus infection, a common cause of childhood diarrhoea and sickness
Given at: 8 and 12 weeks of age

Men B vaccine

Protects against: meningitis (caused by meningococcal type B bacteria)
Given at: 8 weeks, 16 weeks and one year of age

Hib/Men C vaccine

Protects against: Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) and meningitis caused by meningococcal group C bacteria
Given at: one year of age

MMR vaccine

Protects against: measles, mumps and rubella
Given at: one year and at three years and four months of age

Children’s flu vaccine

Protects against: flu
Given at: annually as a nasal spray in Sept/Oct for ages two, three and four and children in primary school years one, two and three

4-in-1 pre-school booster

Protects against: diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough and polio
Given at: three years and four months of age

HPV vaccine (girls only)

Protects against: cervical cancer
Given at: 12-13 years as two injections at least six months apart

3-in-1 teenage booster

Protects against: tetanus, diphtheria and polio
Given at: 14 years

Optional vaccinations

These vaccinations are offered on the NHS in addition to the routine programme to “at-risk” groups of babies and children

Chickenpox vaccination

Protects against: chickenpox
Who needs it: siblings of children who have suppressed immune systems and are susceptible to chickenpox, for example because they’re having cancer treatment or have had an organ transplant.
Given: from one year of age upwards. Children receive two doses of chickenpox vaccine given four to eight weeks apart.

BCG (tuberculosis) vaccination

Protects against: tuberculosis (TB)
Who needs it: babies and children who have a high chance of coming into contact with tuberculosis
Given: from birth to 16 years of age

Flu vaccination

Protects against: flu
Who needs it: children with certain medical conditions or a weakened immune system, which may put them at risk of complications from flu
Given: for children between the ages of six months and two years as a single jab every year in September/November. For children aged two to 17 years of age as a nasal spray every year in September/November

Hepatitis B vaccination

Protects against: hepatitis B
Who needs it: children at high risk of exposure to hepatitis B, and babies born to infected mothers
Given: at any age, as four doses are given over 12 months – a baby born to a mother infected with hepatitis B will be offered a dose at birth, one month of age, two months of age and one year of age

Correct as at June 2017. Source NHS.
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