Once we have been immunised, our bodies are better able to fight those diseases if we come into contact with them. All children in the UK currently receive vaccinations at: 8 weeks, 12 weeks, 16 weeks, 1 year, 3 years and 4 months.
Each year, children in certain age groups will also be offered the flu vaccination as a nasal spray.
Some children will also get other immunisations where specific risks exist.
If your baby was born prematurely – please download the information leaflet from Public Health England which gives specific advice on immunisation for premature babies.
When your baby or child is due a vaccination you’ll either be sent an appointment or a reminder to make an appointment. Vaccinations are done by the practice nurse at your GP practice. If you miss an appointment it’s important that you contact the surgery to arrange another. If you’re worried your child may not be well enough for a vaccination, check with your practice nurse first. It’s important that immunisations aren’t delayed unnecessarily.
There is a lot of information, often against vaccination online and in social media. It is important that all parents have the right information to avoid putting your child at risk of serious illness.
See important information about why vaccination is safe and important.
If you’re travelling aboard you will need separate advice so please speak to your GP surgery.
If you have moved in from abroad the practice nurse will look at what vaccinations your child has already had and what they need. This is based on national guidance as schedules can vary between countries.