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Vaccinations your baby will need

Useful information on the childhood immunisations your baby will need and how each vaccination is given, including MMR, Tetanus, Polio and Rubella.
There are nine childhood vaccinations routinely offered to babies as part of the pre-school immunisation programme. The BCG (which protects against tuberculosis) and hepatitis B immunisations are also offered to babies considered at high-risk of catching these diseases.

Diphtheria

Babies are offered the diphtheria immunisation at:
  • 8 weeks
  • 12 weeks
  • 16 weeks
The diphtheria vaccine is given by an injection, which also contains the tetanus, whooping cough, polio and Hib vaccines. It is also given before starting school and also between 13 and 18 years.

Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)

Babies are offered the Hib immunisation at:
  • 8 weeks
  • 12 weeks
  • 16 weeks
The Hib vaccine is given by injection, which also contains the diphtheria, tetanus, polio and whooping cough vaccines.

Measles

Children are offered the measles vaccine at:
  • 12 months
  • 15 months
The measles vaccine is given via an injection known as the MMR, which also contains the mumps and rubella vaccines. A pre-school booster immunisation is also given.

Meningitis C

Babies are offered the meningitis C immunisation at:
  • 12 weeks
  • 16 weeks
The meningitis C vaccine is given in a separate injection to the DTa/IPV/Hib.

Mumps

Children are offered the mumps vaccine at:
  • 12 months
  • 15 months
The mumps vaccine is given via an injection known as the MMR, which also contains the measles and rubella vaccines. A pre-school booster is also given.

Pneumococcal infection (PCV)

Babies are offered the PCV immunisation at:
  • 8 weeks
  • 16 weeks
The vaccine against pneumococcal infection is given as a seperate injection known as the PCV.

Polio

Babies are offered the polio vaccine at:
  • 8 weeks
  • 12 weeks
  • 16 weeks
The polio vaccine is usually given orally at the same time as the DTa/IPV/Hib injection, along with the meningitis C injection.

Rubella

Children are offered the rubella vaccine at:
  • 12 months
  • 15 months
Before the rubella vaccine was introduced in 1970, there were about 70 cases a year of congenital rubella syndrome, but since 1990 there have only been 46 cases and only one case was reported between 1997 and 1999. Rubella is given as part of the MMR vaccination, which also contains the mumps and measles vaccines. A pre-school booster is also given.

Tetanus

Babies are offered the immunisation at:
  • 8 weeks
  • 12 weeks
  • 16 weeks
Plus children are usually offered the tetanus immunisation three times:
  • As a baby (in three doses)
  • Before starting school
  • Once between 13 and 18 years
When a child has had five doses it is thought that immunisation will be lifelong and no more boosters are needed.

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My sister has measles, her husband had measles already and he keeps on visiting us. Now I haven't had measles yet and I have a 2 month old baby. Should I be worried about him visiting us?
by KKill 28th Oct 2010, 2:22pm
We are due to travel from the Netherlands to India in December and our baby is now almost 3 months. We would like to know when to immunize her for BCG as she has just received her 2nd vaccination for Diphtheria, Tetanus, Polio, Pneumonia, Infuenza Pneumonia and Hepatitis B. Have been asked to get her for BCG next week. Kindly advice. Thanks.
by Mydoll 22nd Oct 2010, 10:38am
my doctor surgery has no nurse from the week of the 12 week injection for a couple of weeks so say to leave it until she is back will may not be until my baby is 14 weeks. is this ok?
by kathh 24th Nov 2009, 10:20am
At what age do babies get there second lot of immunisations?
by Fionam 21st Aug 2007, 8:26am

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