Child Health 0 – 6 Years

Children’s Immunisation Schedule

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.

Routine childhood immunisations 

When to immuniseDiseases protected againstVaccine givenSite**
Two months oldDiphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)DTaP/IPV/Hib (Pediacel)Thigh
Pneumococcal diseasePCV (Prevenar 13)Thigh
RotavirusRotavirus (Rotarix)By mouth
Meningococcal group B (MenB)MenBLeft thigh
Three months oldDiphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio and HibDTaP/IPV/Hib (Pediacel)Thigh
Meningococcal group C disease (MenC)Men C (NeisVac-C or Menjugate)Thigh
RotavirusRotavirus (Rotarix)By mouth
Four months oldDiphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio and HibDTaP/IPV/Hib (Pediacel)Thigh
Pneumococcal diseasePCV (Prevenar 13)Thigh
Meningococcal group B (MenB)Men BLeft thigh
One year oldHib/MenCHib/MenC (Menitorix)Upper arm/thigh
Pneumococcal diseasePCV (Prevenar 13)Upper arm/thigh
Measles, mumpsand rubella (German measles)MMR(Priorix or MMR VaxPRO)Upper arm/thigh
MenBMenB boosterLeft thigh
Two to six years old
(including children in
school years 1 and 2)
Influenza (each year from September)Live attenuated influenza
vaccine LAIV4
Both nostrils
Three years four months old or soon afterDiphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and poliodTaP/IPV (Repevax) or DTaP/IPV(Infanrix-IPV)Upper arm
Measles, mumpsand rubellaMMR (Priorix or MMR VaxPRO)(check first dose has been given)Upper arm

Please note

** 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.

Immunisations for at-risk children 

Target GroupAge & ScheduleDiseaseVaccines required
Babies born to hepatitis B infected
mothers
At birth, four weeks, eight weeks
and Boost at one year1
Hepatitis BHepatitis B vaccine
(Engerix B / HBvaxPRO)
Infants in areas of the country with
TB incidence >= 40/100,000
At birthTuberculosisBCG
Infants with a parent or grandparent
born in a high incidence country
At birthTuberculosisBCG

Childrens Health

There is a good guide on the NHS website which describes various conditions affecting children. There is advice on how to diagnose them, how to treat them and if further advice should be consulted.

NHS childhood illness slideshow


When Should I Worry?

Having an ill child can be a very scary experience for parents. If you understand more about the illness it can help you to feel more in control. This booklet is for parents (and older children) and deals with common infections in children who are normally healthy.

Download the booklet


Conditions and Treatments

See the NHS Conditions and Treatments browser for an in-depth description of many common health issues.


These links all come from trusted resources but if you are unsure about these or any other medical matters please contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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NHS 111 | Government Stay At Home Guidance | NHS Information Page

The Flu season is in! Please call the surgery to book your flu jabs.