Child Vaccinations

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.

Vaccination Checklist

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.

8 Weeks

Diseases Protected AgainstVaccine GivenSite**
Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio and
Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)
DTaP/IPV/Hib (Pediacel)Thigh
Pneumococcal diseasePCV (Prevenar 13)Thigh
Rotavirus (from July)Rotavirus (Rotarix)Rotavirus (Rotarix)

12 Weeks

Diseases Protected AgainstVaccine GivenSite**
Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis,
polio and Hib
DTaP/IPV/Hib (Pediacel)Thigh
Meningococcal group C disease
(MenC)
Men C
(NeisVac-C or Menjugate)
Thigh
Rotavirus (from July)Rotavirus (Rotarix)By Mouth

16 Weeks

Diseases Protected AgainstVaccine GivenSite**
Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis,
polio and Hib
DTaP/IPV/Hib
(Pediacel)
Thigh
Pneumococcal diseasePCV
(Prevenar 13)
Thigh

Between 12 and 13 months old

Diseases Protected AgainstVaccine GivenSite**
Hib/MenCHib/MenC
(Menitorix)
Upper arm

Thigh
Pneumococcal diseasePCV
(Prevenar 13)
Upper arm

Thigh
Measles, mumps and rubella
(German measles)
MMR
(Priorix or MMR VaxPRO)
Upper arm

Thigh

3 years and 4 months or soon after

Diseases Protected AgainstVaccine GivenSite**
Diphtheria, tetanus,
pertussis and polio
dTaP/IPV (Repevax) or
DTaP/IPV (Infanrix-IPV)
Upper arm
Measles, mumps
and rubella
MMR (Priorix or M MR VaxPRO )
(check first dose has been given)
Upper arm

Girls aged 12 to 13 year s old

Diseases Protected AgainstVaccine GivenSite**
Cervical cancer caused by human papillomavirus
types 16 and 18
(and genital warts caused by types 6 and 11)
HPV (Gardasil)Upper arm

Around 14 years old

Diseases Protected AgainstVaccine GivenSite**
Tetanus, diphtheria and polioTd/IPV (Revaxis),
and check MMR status
Upper arm
MenC †MenC (Meningitec,
Menjugate or
NeisVac-C) ††
Upper arm

** 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. For more details see Chapters 4 and 11 in the Green Book.

† This vaccination will be introduced during the 2013/14 academic year.

†† The vaccine supplied will depend on the brands available at the time of ordering.

Immunisations for at-risk children

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

Diseases Protected AgainstVaccine GivenSite**
Hepatitis BHep BThigh

At birth

Diseases Protected AgainstVaccine GivenSite**
TuberculosisBCGUpper arm
(intradermal)