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Children receive 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 (first dose)

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

Pneumococcal (PCV) vaccine

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

Rotavirus vaccine (2nd dose)


4 Months Old

6-in-1 (3rd dose)

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

Pneumococcal PCV vaccine (2nd dose)

Meningitis B vaccine (2nd dose)


12-13 Months Old

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

MMR (single jab):

  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Rubella

Pneumococcal PCV vaccine (3rd dose)

Meningitis B vaccine (3rd dose)


2,3,4 and 5 years

Flu vaccine (annual)


3 Years & 4 Months Old

DTaP/ IPV (pre-school booster):

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

MMR (2nd dose):

  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Rubella 

Girls aged 12/13 years old

HPV vaccine (human papillomavirus) two jabs are given at least 6 months apart


14 years old

Meningitis ACWY vaccine (single jab containing vaccines against meningitis A, C, W and Y)

3-in-1 Teenage Booster:

  • Tetanus
  • Diphtheria
  • Polio

References

1.  NHS vaccination schedule – http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/vaccinations/Pages/vaccination-schedule-age-checklist.aspx


 

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