Your Baby's Vaccination And Immunisation Schedule
One of the best ways to protect your baby against diseases like Measles, Rubella, Tetanus and Meningitis is through immunisation. Your baby needs their first injections at 8weeks, then 12 weeks, 16 weeks and one year.

Vaccinations are offered free of charge in the UK – just book your appointments with your GP. Remember, as well as protecting your own baby, you're also protecting other babies and children by preventing the spread of disease.

Coronavirus Update
Routine vaccinations for babies, pre-school children and adults are continuing as normal. It's important to go to your appointments unless you, your child or someone you live with has symptoms of coronavirus.

Vaccinations usually given in school are being rescheduled.

These are the vaccinations your baby will need:

- 6-in-1 Vaccine - 1st dose - 6-in-1 Vaccine - 2nd dose - 6-in-1 Vaccine - 3rd dose
- RV (Rotavirus) Vaccine - 1st dose - PCV (Pneumoccal) Vaccine - 1st dose - MenB Vaccine - 2nd dose
- MenB Vaccine - 1st dose - RV (Rotavirus) Vaccine - 2nd dose  
- Hib/MenC Vaccine given as a single jab containing vaccines against MeningitisC (1st dose) and Hib
  (4th dose)    
- MMR vaccine (measles, mumps and rubella), given as a single jab
- PCV (Pneumoccal) Vaccine - 2nd dose
- MenB Vaccine - 3rd dose

Quick Guide to Your Baby's Vaccinations
6-in-1 oritects against;

  • Diphtheria – a highly contagious bacterial infection, spread by coughs and sneezes, or close contact with someone with diphtheria
  • Hepatitis B – an infection of the liver caused by a virus spread through blood and bodily fluids
  • Hib (haemophilus influenzae type b) – bacteria that can cause several serious conditions including meningitis, sepsis (a kind of blood poisoning) and cellulitis
  • Polio – a viral infection that can cause paralysis
  • Tetanus – bacteria that can enter the body through a wound like a cut or scrape
  • Whooping cough (pertussis) – highly contagious bacterial infection of the lungs and airways

PCV or pneumo jab protects against;

  • Pneumococcal infections that can lead to pneumonia, sepsis and meningitis
  • RV protects against rotavirus infection that can cause diarrhoea and vomiting

MenB protects against;

  • Meningitis and sepsis

Hib/MenC protects against;

  • Haemophilus influenzae (a bacterium that can cause different serious illnesses) and meningitis C

MMR protects against;

  • Measles, mumps and rubella (German measles)

Speak to one of our GP's if;

  • You think you or your child have missed any vaccinations
  • You or your child have a vaccination appointment – but you've missed it or cannot attend

They can book or rearrange the next available appointment. It’s best to have vaccines on time, but you can still catch up on most vaccines if you miss them.

The Red Book
Your baby's Personal Child Health Record is also known as the red book or PCHR. It's used to record your child's weight and height, vaccinations they've been given and other important health information. You can also add information yourself – it's a great way of keeping track of your child's progress. Remember to take it with you when your baby has appointments at the clinic, GP or hospital.

An online version – the eRedbook – is being trialled in some areas in the UK. Sign up via the link if you're interested in participating in the trial or being kept up–to–date with the developments.

Health And Development Checks
Your baby's health checks are very important – they are an opportunity to check that your baby is developing properly.

They are usually carried out by your health visitor either at home or in your GP surgery, baby clinic or children's centre. These development checks are also a good opportunity for you to raise any concerns you might have.

Your baby's very first health check takes place shortly after they are born, and they'll continue until your child is 2 to 2 1/2 years old.

Please see the links below for more information;

All links come from trusted sources, however, if you are unsure about them or any other medical concerns, contact your doctor or pharmacist for further advice

Website updated on Tuesday 30th July 2019, next review due: Saturday 30th July 2022

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