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Your Baby’s Vaccinations

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Immunisations are given to everybody in the UK to protect against diseases, they contain small doses of the bacterium/virus that causes the disease in order for the body to produce antibodies to protect it against future infections. Immunisations are given to babies from 2 months of age because these diseases are more serious in young babies.

Below is a list of immunisations given in the UK up to the age of 4 years, at what stage they should be administered and what the vaccine protects against:

2 months

5-in-1 vaccine, also known as the DTaP/IPV/Hib is a single injection to the baby’s thigh that protects against 5 serious diseases; diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough (pertussis), polio and Hib (haemophilus influenza type b).

Pneumococcal (PCV) vaccine, which protects against pneumococcal infections that can lead to pneumonia, septicaemia (type of blood poisoning) and meningitis.

Rotavirus vaccine, an oral vaccine that protects against the rotavirus which is the most common cause of severe diarrhoea and sickness.

3 months

5-in-1 vaccine (2nd dose)

Meningitis C (Men C), which protects against bacteria that can cause meningitis (doesn’t protect against meningitis caused by meningococcal group B) and septicaemia.

Rotavirus vaccine (2nd dose)

4 months

5-in-1 vaccine (3rd dose)

Pneumococcal (PCV) vaccine (2nd dose)

Between 12 and 13 months

Hib/Men C booster, a single injection containing the Men C (2nd dose) and Hib (forth dose)

Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine, a single injection that protects from the three highly infectious, and potentially fatal conditions.

Pneumococcal (PCV) vaccine (3rd dose)

2, 3 and 4 years

Children’s flu vaccine, a single dose nasal spray flu vaccine administered annually

3 years and 4 months (approx.)

Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine (2nd dose)

4-in-1 (DTaP/IPV) pre-school booster, this vaccine gives an additional boost to immunity against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough and polio.

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