Your toddler's vaccination and immunisation schedule
One of the best ways to protect your child against diseases like measles, rubella, tetanus and meningitis is through immunisations.
Vaccinations are offered free of charge in the UK – just book your appointments with your GP. Remember, as well as protecting your own child, you're also protecting others by preventing the spread of disease.
Routine vaccinations for babies and pre-school children are continuing as normal.
It's important to go to your appointments unless you, your child or someone you live with has symptoms of coronavirus.
- Hib/MenC vaccine – given as a single jab containing vaccines against meningitis C (1st dose) and Hib (4th dose)
- MMR vaccine (measles, mumps and rubella) – given as a single jab
- PCV (pneumococcal) – 3rd dose
- MenB vaccine – 3rd dose
2-10 years (including children in Reception and school years 1 to 6):
- Children's flu vaccine (annual)
3 years and 4 months:
- MMR vaccine (measles, mumps and rubella) – 2nd dose
- 4-in-1 pre-school booster – given as a single jab containing vaccines against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough or pertussis, and polio.
Quick guide to your child's vaccinations
PCV or "pneumo jab" protects against pneumococcal infections, which can lead to pneumonia, sepsis and meningitis
MenB protects against meningitis and sepsis
Hib/MenC protects against haemophilus influenzae (a bacterium that can cause serious illnesses) and meningitis C
MMR protects against measles, mumps and rubella (German measles)
4-in-1 boosts protection against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough and polio
Flu given as a nasal spray and protects your child against getting the flu
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The "red book"
The Personal Child Health Record is also known as the "red book" or PCHR. It's used to record your child's weight and height, vaccinations they've been given and other important health information. You can also add information yourself – it's a great way of keeping track of your child's progress. Remember to take it with you for appointments at the clinic, GP or hospital.
An online version – the eRedbook – is being trialled in some areas in the UK. Sign up via the link if you're interested in participating in the trial or being kept up–to–date with the developments.
Health and development checks
Health checks are very important – they're an opportunity to check your child is developing properly.
They're usually carried out by your health visitor either at your home, GP surgery, baby clinic or children's centre. These development checks are also a good opportunity for you to raise any concerns you might have.
Your child's very first health check takes place shortly after they're born, and continue until they are 2 to 2 1/2 years old.