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The routine childhood immunisation schedule

Main image 31 May, 2019

Every parent wants the best for their child, and one of the most important ways to safeguard their health is to ensure they receive all the necessary vaccinations. The routine childhood immunisation schedule is the result of extensive research and has been designed to protect against a wide range of serious illnesses.

Starting when your child is eight weeks old, the series of safe and effective immunisations will begin to protect them from diseases such as meningitis, tetanus and polio.

At a glance, the immunisations currently included in the UK’s routine childhood immunisation schedule are as follows:

Age Vaccination Diseases protected against
Eight weeks old DTaP/IPV/Hib/HepB Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio, Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) and hepatitis B
  MenB Meningococcal group B (MenB)
  Rotavirus gastroenteritis Rotavirus
  PCV Pneumococcal (13 serotypes)
Twelve weeks old DTaP/IPV/Hib/HepB Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, Hib and hepatitis B
  Rotavirus Rotavirus
Sixteen weeks old DTaP/IPV/Hib/HepB Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, Hib and hepatitis B
  MenB MenB
  PCV Pneumococcal (13 serotypes)
One year old Hib/MenC Hib and MenC
  PCV booster Pneumococcal
  MMR Measles, mumps and rubella (German measles)
  MenB booster MenB
Three years four months old   DTaP/IPV Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and polio
  MMR (check first dose given) Measles, mumps and rubella
Girls aged twelve to thirteen years old HPV (two doses 6-24 months apart) Cervical cancer caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) types 16 and 18 (and genital warts caused by types 6 and 11)
Fourteen years old Td/IPV (check MMR status) Tetanus, diphtheria and polio
  MenACWY Meningococcal groups A, C, W and Y disease

In addition to these routine immunisations, YourGP also offers the chicken pox vaccine – currently not provided as standard by the NHS. In addition, we offer the meningitis B, hepatitis B paediatric vaccines to siblings who were born before their introduction to the NHS schedule.

Of course, it’s natural that as a parent you may feel anxious about your child receiving their immunisations, but YourGP’s team are highly experienced in this area and will take the time to reassure you and your child, to ensure the process is as relaxed and swift as possible.

If you’d like to discuss childhood immunisations with an expert, call 0131 225 5656 or email reception@your.gp and we can answer any questions or concerns you might have. An initial consultation costs £45, repeat consultations cost £25 plus the costs of any vaccinations administered. A £50 deposit is required to secure the appointment time – this will be deducted from the cost of your consultation.

Book now and enjoy the peace of mind that comes from knowing you’re providing your child with the best protection.

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