It is very important that all children and babies are fully immunised. Illnesses such as diphtheria, tetanus and polio are, thankfully, rare now because of recent immunisation policies.
Whooping cough (pertussis) causes a very distressing illness with severe prolonged coughing and it is strongly recommended that all babies have this vaccination along with their other baby injections (there are very few reasons for not having it). If you have any worries or queries about any aspect of your child’s immunisations please feel free to discuss them with your doctor, the practice nurse or health visitor.
The current recommended vaccination schedule is as follows:
|8 weeks||DTaP/IPV/Hib and PCV (Diphtheria, Tetanus, accellular Pertussis (whooping cough), Inactivated Polio Vaccine, Haemophilus influenza b (Hib), Pneumococcal) and oral rotavirus|
|12 weeks||DTaP/IPV/Hib and Men C (Diphtheria, Tetanus, accellular Pertussis (whooping cough), Inactivated Polio Vaccine, Haemophilus influenza b (Hib), Meningococcal C) and oral rotavirus|
|16 weeks||DTaP/IPV/Hib, Men C and PCV (Diphtheria, Tetanus, accellular Pertussis (whooping cough), Inactivated Polio Vaccine, Haemophilus influenza b (Hib) and Pneumococcal)|
|12 months||Hib/Men C Haemophilus influenza b (Hib) and Meningococcal C|
|13 months||MMR (1st) and PCV (Measles, Mumps, Rubella and Pneumococcal)|
|3 – 5 years||DTaP/IPV or dTaP/IPV (Diphtheria or low dose diptheria, Tetanus, accellular Pertussis, Inactivated Polio Vaccine pre-school booster) (can be given earlier) MMR (2nd) (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)|
|14 years||dT/IPV (low dose diphtheria, Tetanus, Inactivated Polio Vaccine booster) and Meningococcal C|
Some babies will need Hepatitis B and/or BCG vaccines. If in doubt discuss this with your midwife/health visitor.
The immunisations your child is offered may change with time. Your health visitor or practice nurse will talk to you and give you written information about immunisations. This and other information is available on www.immunisation.nhs.uk andwww.mmrthefacts.nhs.uk.
Do you know if you are immune to rubella (German measles)? If you are not immune you can be immunised to protect yourself and future babies.