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 Whinfield Medical Practice
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Whinfield Medical Practice

Whinbush Way
County Durham
Tel: 01325 481321
Child Immunisation
If a vaccine is given when a baby still has antibodies to the disease, the antibodies can stop the vaccine working. This is why routine childhood immunisations do not start until a baby is two months old, before the antibodies a baby gets from its mother have stopped working. This is also why it is important for parents to stick to the immunisation schedule, as a delay can leave a baby unprotected. Do not give paracetamol prior to immunisations, however after Men B immunisations, a baby should have 2.5mls of paracetamol for babies aged two months within two hours of having had the immunisation and a further two doses four to six hours apart to prevent the baby having a fever, a common side effect of Men B immunisation. 

Vaccination Schedule 

Routine childhood immunisation programme from Spring 2018 

Each vaccination, except rotavirus, is given as a single injection into the muscle of the thigh or upper arm. Rotavirus vaccine is given as drops to be swallowed. 


At two months old 

**Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio and Haemophilus influenza type b (Hib) and Hepatitis B – Infanrix Hexa – one injection – Right Thigh 

** Pneumococcal disease – Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) – Prevenar 13 - Right Thigh 

**Rotavirus gastroenteritis – Rotarix (given by mouth)

**Meningococcal group B (Men B) – Bexsero – Left Thigh 


At three months old 

**Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio and Hib and Hepatitis B – Infanrix Hexa – Right Thigh 

**Rotavirus gastroenteritis – Rotarix (given by mouth) 


At Four months old  

**Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio and Hib and Hepatitis B – Infanrix Hexa – Right Thigh 

**Pneumococcal disease – PCV – Prevernar 13 – Right Thigh

**Meningococcal Group B (Men B) – Bexsero – Left Thigh 


Between 12 and 13 months old – within a month of the first birthday 

**Hib/MenC – Menitorix – Left Upper Arm 

**Pneumococcal disease – PCV – Prevenar 13 – Right Thigh 

**Measles, mumps, rubella (German measles) – MMR – MMRVax Pro or Priorix – Right Thigh

**Meningococcal Group B (Men B) – Bexsero – Left Thigh 


Between Two to Four Years ( In GP surgery) Age Four to Nine Years (in Primary Schools) All at risk children aged from Six months to Eighteen Years

**Influenza – Live attenuated influenza vaccine – Fluenz Tetra – Given in both nostrils


Three years and four months or soon after 

**Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and polio – DTaP/IPV – Repevax – Upper arm 

**Measles, mumps and rubella – MMR – MMRVaxPro or Priorix – Upper arm


Girls aged 12 to 13 years

**Cervical cancer caused by human papillomavirus types 16 and 18 – HPV (two doses 6 – 24 months apart) Gardasil – Upper arm


13 to 14 year olds

**Tetanus, diphtheria and polio – Td/IPV – Revaxis – Upper arm

**Meningococcal groups A, C, W and Y – Men ACWY – Nimenrix or Menveo – Upper arm


Further reading

There are some excellent websites that will answer all your questions and queries about immunisation and vaccination. If you are worried about giving the MMR vaccine, you should access the MMR site.






The most comprehensive, up-to-date and accurate source of information on vaccines, disease and immunisation in the UK.


www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/mmr-vaccine  This website has been put together to answer any questions you might have about MMR. You can look for information and resources in the MMR library, ask an expert panel a question, and read up on the latest news stories relating to MMR. 

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