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.
It's important that vaccines are given on time for the best protection and to minimise the risk of infection.
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 old
- 6-in-1 vaccine to protect against diphtheria, hepatitis B, Hib (Haemophius influenzae tybe b), polio, tetanus, whooping cough.
- Rotavirus vaccine
- MenB vaccine
12 weeks old
- 6-in-1 vaccine (2nd dose)
- Pneumococcal vaccine
- Rotavirus (2nd dose)
16 weeks old
- 6-in-1 vaccine (3rd dose)
- MenB vaccine (2nd dose)
One year old (on or after the child's first birthday)
- Hib/MenC vaccine (1st dose)
- MMR vaccine (1st dose)
- Pneumococcal vaccine (2nd dose)
- MenB vaccine (3rd dose)
2 to 15 years old
- Children's flu vaccine (every year until children finish Year 11 of secondary school). Once your child starts Primary School, the flu vaccine will be given at school.
3 years and 4 months old or soon after
- MMR vaccine (2nd dose)
- 4-in-1 pre-school booster vaccine to protect against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough and polio
Boys and girls aged 12 to 13 years
- HPV vaccine
14 years old
- 3-in-1 teenage booster vaccine to protect against tetanus, diphtheria and polio
- Meningococcal groups A, C, W and Y
Vaccines for adults, pregnant women and at-risk people
If you wish to find out what vaccines the above groups require you can visit NHS Vaccinations and when to have them.
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