Childhood vaccinations

Immunisation is the safest and most effective way of protecting against serious diseases.

The NHS strongly recommends that babies and children are vaccinated according to the Routine Childhood Immunisations Schedule (external link)

This will provide protection against diseases including Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Whooping Cough, Diptheria, Polio, Pneumococcal, Meningitis B and C, Hib, Hepatitis B and Rotavirus.

Childhood vaccination schedule

Babies under 1-year-old

AgeDiseases protected againstVaccines
8 weeks

Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio, haemophilus influenza type b (Hib) and hepatitis B

6-in-1 vaccine (external link)

8 weeksRotavirus gastroenteritisRotavirus (external link)
8 weeksMeningococcal group B (MenB)MenB (external link)
12 weeks

Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, haemophilus influenza (Hib) and hepatitis B

6-in-1 vaccine (2nd dose) (external link)

12 weeksPneumococcalPneumococcal (PCV) vaccine (external link)
12 weeksRotavirusRotavirus vaccine (2nd dose) (external link)
16 weeks

Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, Hib and hepatitis B

6-in-1 vaccine (3rd dose) (external link)

16 weeksMeningococcal group B (MenB)MenB (2nd dose) (external link)

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Children aged 1 to 10 years

AgeDiseases protected againstVaccines
1 year

Haemophilus influenza type b (Hib) and Meningococcal group C (MenC)

Hib/MenC (1st dose) (external link)

1 yearMeasles, Mumps and RubellaMMR (external link)
1 yearPneumococcalPneumococcal (PCV) vaccine (2nd dose) (external link)
1 yearMeningococcal group B (MenB)MenB (3rd dose) (external link)
2 to 10 years

Influenza

Flu vaccine (every year) (external link)

3 years and 4 months

Measles, Mumps and Rubella

MMR (2nd dose) (external link)

3 years and 4 monthsDiphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio4-in-1 preschool booster (external link)

Polio booster (1-9 years old)

School age children (12-14 years old)

At-risk babies and children

At-risk-groupVaccines
Babies born to mothers who have hepatitis BHepatitis B vaccine birth, 4 weeks and 12 months (external link)
Children born in areas of the country where there are high numbers of TB casesBCG tuberculosis (TB) vaccine at birth (external link)
Children whose parents or grandparents were born in a country with many cases of TBBCG tuberculosis (TB) vaccine at birth (external link)
Children 6 months to 17 years old with long-term health conditionsChildren's flu vaccine every year (external link)

Source: NHS Vaccination Schedule taken from the NHS Website (external link)

For the best protection, it is important that vaccines are given on time, but 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.

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    Vaccination videos

    Watch the videos below created by Federated4Health Haringey and Haringey's Public Health team to find out more about childhood vaccinations and why they are safe and effective.

    English

    Note for iPhone users and Youtube. There is a known bug with iOS and Youtube, Two buttons are read before the player but provide no functionality. We advise that you skip these to access the content.

    Bulgarian

    Note for iPhone users and Youtube. There is a known bug with iOS and Youtube, Two buttons are read before the player but provide no functionality. We advise that you skip these to access the content.

    Polish

    Note for iPhone users and Youtube. There is a known bug with iOS and Youtube, Two buttons are read before the player but provide no functionality. We advise that you skip these to access the content.

    Romanian

    Note for iPhone users and Youtube. There is a known bug with iOS and Youtube, Two buttons are read before the player but provide no functionality. We advise that you skip these to access the content.

    Somali

    Note for iPhone users and Youtube. There is a known bug with iOS and Youtube, Two buttons are read before the player but provide no functionality. We advise that you skip these to access the content.

    Spanish

    Note for iPhone users and Youtube. There is a known bug with iOS and Youtube, Two buttons are read before the player but provide no functionality. We advise that you skip these to access the content.

    Turkish

    Note for iPhone users and Youtube. There is a known bug with iOS and Youtube, Two buttons are read before the player but provide no functionality. We advise that you skip these to access the content.

    Read our Childhood Vaccination Information Leaflet - English (PDF, 266KB) for more information about the safety of routine vaccinations for children. This is also available in Bulgarian, Polish, Romanian and Turkish:

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    Useful links

    See the childhood immunisation schedule - GOV.UK (external link)

    See a guide to vaccinations from 2 to 5 years old - GOV.UK (external link)

    See the NHS HPV vaccine programme page (external link) for information about the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) offer for girls and boys aged 12-13 years.

    If you or your child are not registered with a GP, find a local practice near you through the NHS Find A GP website (external link)

    See information and advice on Vaccinations during pregnancy - NHS (external link).

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    Page last updated:

    May 18, 2023