One of the most important things that a parent can do for their child is to make sure that they have all their routine childhood vaccinations. It's the most effective way of keeping them protected against infectious diseases. In the UK we have a vaccination schedule and we will invite you in for your childs vaccines.
Ideally, kids should have their jabs at the right age to protect them as early as possible and minimise the risk of infection. We can not do vaccines earlier than they are due but we can do them any time after they are due.
Nurse Kelsey and Nurse Rachel vaccinate all our children and are very skilled in this area. If you have any questions or queries regarding vaccinations please do make a telephone appointment with one of them and they willl happily discuss it with you.
Here's a checklist of the vaccines that are routinely offered to everyone in the UK for free on the NHS, and the age at which you should ideally have them.
- 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
- 5-in-1, second dose (DTaP/IPV/Hib)
- Meningitis C
- 5-in-1, third dose (DTaP/IPV/Hib)
- Pneumococcal infection, second dose
- Meningitis C, second dose
Between 12 and 13 months:
- Meningitis C, third 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
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
Vaccines For Risk Groups
People who fall into certain risk groups may be offered extra vaccines. These include vaccinations against diseases such as hepatitis B, tuberculosis (TB), seasonal flu and chickenpox. See the NHS Choices pages on vaccines for adults to find out whether you should have one.
Frequently Asked Questions:
1.Who Does the Vaccinations at the practice?
Our Nurses Mellony, Rachel and Rebecca all do our vaccinations.
2.When can I have them done?
We do vaccinations throughout our working hours
3. Do we get invited to attend for vaccinations?
We welcome patients to come without invitations, however best to call and speak to nurse to see if you are eligible for vaccinations. Children are invited in actively; and parents are contactd and appointments offered
4. Why does my Child need vaccinations?
Your chidren need vaccinations to protect them against disease. If you have any questions regarding the vaccines please do contact Mellony, Rachel or Rebecca and discuss this with them. They are waiting for your calls