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Childhood Immunisations

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Childrenย receiveย a significant number of vaccines, in various combinations and at specific times in their first few years of life. Therefore it’s important to have a general understanding of what vaccines a child should have received by a particular age when taking a paediatric history. This article provides a summary of the vaccination schedule which is ideal for quick revision!


2-months-old

6-in-1 (1st dose):ย 

  • Diphtheria
  • Tetanus
  • Whooping cough (Pertussis)
  • Polio
  • Haemophilus influenzae type B
  • Hepatitis B

Rotavirus vaccine

Meningitis B vaccine


3-months-old

6-in-1 (2nd dose):

  • Diphtheria
  • Tetanus
  • Whooping cough (Pertussis)
  • Polio
  • Haemophilus influenzae type B
  • Hepatitis B

Pneumococcal (PCV) vaccine

Rotavirus vaccine (2nd dose)


4-months-old

6-in-1 (3rd dose):ย 

  • Diphtheria
  • Tetanus
  • Whooping cough (Pertussis)
  • Polio
  • Haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib)
  • Hepatitis B

Meningitis B vaccine (2nd dose)


1-year-old

Hib/Meningitis C booster: single jab containing Hib (4th dose) and Meningitis C

MMRย (1st dose):

  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Rubella

Pneumococcal PCV vaccine (2nd dose)

Meningitis B vaccine (3rd dose)


2-10 years

Flu vaccination (every year)


3 years and 4-months-old

DTaP/ IPV (4-in-1 pre-school booster):

  • Diphtheria
  • Tetanus
  • Whooping cough (Pertussis)
  • Polioย 

MMR (2nd dose):

  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Rubellaย 

12/13-years-old

HPV vaccine (human papillomavirus): two jabs are given at 6-24 months apart


14-years-old

3-in-1 teenage booster:

  • Tetanus
  • Diphtheria
  • Polio

Meningitis ACWY vaccine:

  • Meningitis A, C, W and Y

References

  1. NHS vaccination schedule. Available from: [LINK].

 

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