Vaccinations

Childhood vaccines timeline

These are the routine vaccinations that are offered free of charge on the NHS to all babies and children in the UK.

5-in-1 vaccine

Protects against: diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio and Hib (Haemophilus influenzae type b)

Given at: 8, 12 and 16 weeks of age

Read more about the 5-in-1 vaccine

Pneumococcal or pneumo jab (PCV)

Protects against: some types of pneumococcal infection

Given at: 8 weeks, 16 weeks and one year of age

Read more about the pneumococcal jab

Rotavirus vaccine

Protects against: rotavirus infection, a common cause of childhood diarrhoea and sickness

Given at: 8 and 12 weeks of age

Read more about the rotavirus vaccine

Men B vaccine

Protects against: meningitis (caused by meningococcal type B bacteria)

Given at: 8 weeks, 16 weeks and one year of age

Read more about the Men B vaccine.

Hib/Men C vaccine

Protects against: Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) and meningitis caused by meningococcal group C bacteria

Given at: one year of age

Read more about the Hib/Men C vaccine.

MMR vaccine

Protects against: measles, mumps and rubella

Given at: one year and at three years and four months of age

Read more about the MMR jab

Children's flu vaccine

Protects against: flu

Given at: annually as a nasal spray in Sept/Oct for ages two, three and four and children in primary school years one, two and three

Read more about the flu vaccine for children

4-in-1 pre-school booster

Protects against: diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough and polio

Given at: three years and four months of age

Read more about the DTaP/IPV pre-school booster

HPV vaccine (girls only)

Protects against: cervical cancer

Given at: 12-13 years as two injections at least six months apart

Read more about the HPV vaccine

3-in-1 teenage booster

Protects against: tetanus, diphtheria and polio

Given at: 14 years

Read more about the 3-in-1 teenage booster

Men ACWY vaccine

Protects against: meningitis (caused by meningococcal types A, C, W and Y bacteria) 

Given at: 14 years and new university students aged 19-25

Read more about the Men ACWY vaccine

Optional vaccinations

These vaccinations are offered on the NHS in addition to the routine programme to "at-risk" groups of babies and children.

Chickenpox vaccination

Protects against: chickenpox

Who needs it: siblings of children who have suppressed immune systems and are susceptible to chickenpox, for example because they're having cancer treatment or have had an organ transplant.

Given: from one year of age upwards. Children receive two doses of chickenpox vaccine given four to eight weeks apart.

Read more about the chickenpox jab

BCG (tuberculosis) vaccination

Protects against: tuberculosis (TB)

Who needs it: babies and children who have a high chance of coming into contact with tuberculosis

Given: from birth to 16 years of age

Read more about the BCG vaccine

Flu vaccination

Protects against: flu

Who needs it: children with certain medical conditions or a weakened immune system, which may put them at risk of complications from flu

Given: for children between the ages of six months and two years as a single jab every year in September/November. For children aged two to 17 years of age as a nasal spray every year in September/November

Read more about the nasal spray flu vaccine

Read more about the flu jab

Hepatitis B vaccination

Protects against: hepatitis B

Who needs it: children at high risk of exposure to hepatitis B, and babies born to infected mothers

Given: at any age, as four doses are given over 12 months  a baby born to a mother infected with hepatitis B will be offered a dose at birth, one month of age, two months of age and one year of age

Read more about the hepatitis B vaccine


Page last reviewed: 16/07/2016

Next review due: 16/07/2019

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