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.
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, kids should have their jabs at the right age to protect them as early as possible and minimise the risk of infection.
This schedule is the new schedule which commenced in January 2020. Children born after 01.01.2020 will be on the old schedule.
8 Weeks:(to coincide with the 8 Week check with the GP)
- Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio, Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib, a bacterial infection that can cause severe pneumonia or meningitis in young children) and Hepatits B given as a 6-in-1 single jab known as DTaP/IPV/Hib/HepB
- Meningitis B (first dose)
- Rotarix to protect against rotavirus. (first dose)
12 Weeks:(or 4 weeks after previous vaccinations)
- 6-in-1, second dose (DTaP/IPV/Hib/HepB)
- Pneumococcal Infection (first dose)
- Rotarix (second dose)
16 Weeks:(or 4 weeks after previous vaccinations)
- 6-in-1, third dose (DTaP/IPV/Hib/Hep B)
- Meningitis B (second dose)
Between 12 and 13 months:
- Haemophilus influenzae Type B and Meningitis C, (Hib/MenC given as a single jab)
- MMR (measles, mumps and rubella), given as a single jab
- Pneumococcal infection, (second dose)
- Meningitis B (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
Around 12-13 years:girls and boys
- HPV vaccine, which protects against cancers caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) types 16 and 18 (and genital warts caused by types 6 and 11) HPV (two doses 6-24 months apart)
Around 14 (school year 9)
- Tetanus, diphtheria and polio Td/IPV
- Meningococcal groups A, C, W and Y disease
65 years of age and older
Pneumococcal (23 serotypes) given as Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine (PPV)
Influenza (each year from September)
Anyone over the age of 70 (who was born after 1/9/1942) and those aged 78 and 79 who have not yet had the vaccination.