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Childhood vaccines timeline - Vaccinations

6-in-one vaccine

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

Given at: 8, 12 and 16 weeks of age to all babies born on or after 1 August 2017. Read more about the 6-in-1 vaccine

Pneumococcal or pneumo jab (PCV)

Protects against: some types of pneumococcal infection

Given at: 8 weeks, 16 weeks and 1 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 1 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: 1 year of age

Read more about the Hib/Men C vaccine

MMR vaccine

Protects against: measles, mumps and rubella

Given at: 1 year and at 3 years and 4 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 all children aged 2 to 9 years on 31 August 2018

Read more about the flu vaccine for children

4-in-1 pre-school booster

Protects against: diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough and polio

Given at: 3 years and 4 months of age

Read more about the DTaP/IPV pre-school booster

HPV vaccine

Protects against: cancers caused by HPV viruses including cervical cancer

Given at: 12-13 years as 2 injections at least 6 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

MenACWY 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 MenACWY 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 1 year of age upwards. Children receive 2 doses of chickenpox vaccine given 4 to 8 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 aged 6 months to 2 years and those aged 9 to 17 who have certain medical conditions or a weakened immune system, which may put them at risk of complications from flu. (All children aged 2 to 8 years are given the flu vaccine as part of the routine immunisation schedule.)

Given: for children between the ages of 6 months and 2 years as a single jab every year in September/November. For children aged 9 to 17 years of age as a nasal spray every year in September/November.

Read more about the nasal spray flu vaccine and 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: as 6 doses over 12 months – a baby born to a mother infected with hepatitis B will be given a dose at birth, followed by further doses at 4, 8, 12 and 16 weeks of age, and a final dose at 1 year old.

Read more about the hepatitis B vaccine

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Page last reviewed: 16 July 2016
Next review due: 16 July 2019