Immunisations

Young child being immunised by a doctor

Routine childhood immunisations are given at the Well Baby Clinic.

For other immunisations, an appointment can be made with the practice nurse. Please also see our Travel Clinic page.

The current immunisation schedule in the UK is:

2 months:

  • Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib, a bacterial infection that can cause severe pneumonia or meningitis in young children) given as a 5-in-1 single jab known as DTaP/IPV/Hib
  • Pneumococcal infection
  • Rotavirus (oral vaccine)
  • Meningitis Group B (MenB)

3 months:

  • 5-in-1, second dose (DTaP/IPV/Hib)
  • Meningitis Group C (MenC)
  • Rotavirus (oral vaccine)

4 months:

  • 5-in-1, third dose (DTaP/IPV/Hib)
  • Pneumococcal infection, second dose
  • Meningitis Group B

Between 12 and 13 months:

  • Meningitis C, second dose dose
  • Hib, fourth dose (Hib/MenC given as a single jab)
  • MMR (measles, mumps and rubella), given as a single jab
  • Pneumococcal infection, third dose
  • Meningitis Group B

3 years and 4 months, or soon after:

  • MMR second jab
  • Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and polio (DtaP/IPV), given as a 4-in-1 pre-school booster

Around 12-13 years:

  • Cervical cancer (HPV) vaccine, which protects against cervical cancer (girls only): three jabs given within six months

Around 13-18 years:

  • Diphtheria, tetanus and polio booster (Td/IPV), given as a single jab
  • Meningitis C (third dose)

During Pregnancy:

It is recommended that all women receive a booster of the diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and polio vaccine (dTaP/IPV) between 16 and 32 weeks of every pregnancy. This vaccine boosts babies immunity to whooping cough

65 and over:

  • Flu (every year)
  • Pneumococcal

The flu vaccine needs to be given every year. It is available free of charge from the surgery for the following groups:

  • all people aged 65 years and over
  • children aged 2, or 3 (this is normally a nasal vaccine) (Children in reception - Year 4 will get a vaccine a part of the school programme)
  • all those with a long-term health condition (eg heart disease, asthma, chronic kidney or liver disease, immune problems)
  • healthcare workers
  • patients with a BMI >40
  • all pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy
  • main carers of disabled, frail or elderly people, who would suffer if the carer was unable to care for them.

We normally start our flu campaign early in September and continue until January. However, it is best given before mid November to avoid the risk of influenza striking before the vaccine has been able to take effect.