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    The routine childhood immunisation schedule

    The routine childhood immunisation schedule

    Posted on May 31st, 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 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.

    When Lyn booked me with Dr McFarlane and said ‘what he doesn’t know about sexual health isn’t worth knowing’ she was right. Thorough assessment, quick test and immediate treatment all in a relaxed, professional manner – Excellent!


    YourGP is regulated by Healthcare Improvement Scotland – the regulator for independent healthcare services across Scotland. Healthcare Improvement Scotland accepts complaints at any time. Contact them at:

    Independent Healthcare Team
    Gyle Square | 1 South Gyle Crescent | Edinburgh | EH12 9EB
    0131 623 4342 |

    YourGP is registered with the Joint Council of Cosmetic Practitioners (JCCP) Registered Office: Station Road, North Street, Havant PO9 1QU.