Immunisation is the safest and most effective way of protecting against serious diseases. See immunisation frequently asked questions for more information.
NHS Haringey strongly recommends that children are vaccinated according to the national schedule. This will provide protection against diseases such as Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Whooping Cough, Diphtheria, Polio, Pneumococcal, Meningitis C and Hib. We also strongly recommend the BCG vaccine, which protects against tuberculosis, for all children under one. Hepatitis B and BCG for older children may also be advised for children at particular risk, after a risk assessment has been carried out by a clinician.
Girls are also offered the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine when they are between 12 and 13 years of age, year 8 at school.
For more information about these specific diseases and recommended immunisation schedules, please visit the Immunisations NHS website (see external links section below).
Children are advised to have immunisations according to the national schedule (below).
Childhood Vaccination Schedule
|Age at vaccination||Disease protected against||Vaccine|
|At birth or as soon as possible after birth||Tuberculosis TB|
|2 months (8 weeks) old||Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib), Pneumococcal infection|
|3 months (12 weeks) old||Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib), Meningitis C (meningococcal group C)|
|4 months (16 weeks old)||Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib), Meningitis C (meningococcal group C), Pneumococcal infection|
|Between 12 and 13 months of age|
Measles, mumps and rubella (German Measles),
Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) and
Meningitis C (meningococcal group C)
|3 years and 4 months or soon after||Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and polio, Measles, mumps and rubella|
|12-13 years (Girls only)||Human Papillomavirus (HPV)|
|13-18 years||Tetanus, diphtheria and polio|
It is never too late to have your child immunised. Talk to your doctor, practice nurse or health visitor for more information and to arrange for your child to be immunised - even if your child has missed an immunisation and is older than the recommended ages.