Child Immunisations

Childhood Immunisation information for parents/guardians

This leaflet aims to provide parents and guardians with information regarding the childhood immunisation programme to ensure that you are aware of the immunisations being offered to your child, the correct timing for them to take place and the common side effects.

The principle aims of immunisation are to protect your child from infectious diseases with associated mortality, morbidity and long term complications, to prevent outbreaks of disease and to eventually eradicate infectious diseases.

Vaccines are extensively tested. Before they are introduced they have been licensed by the Medical and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency who assess their safety and efficacy.

Immunisation schedule

2 Months Old:

  • Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (whooping cough), polio, Haemophilus Influenza type B (HIB) – this is a 5 in 1 immunisation which is 1 injection (DTap/IPV/Hib)
  • Pneumococcal injection (PCV)
  • Rotavirus – given orally 1 dose – NOT to be given if baby is older than 15 weeks.
  • Men B – as from 1 September 2015

3 Months Old:

  • Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Polio and Hib
  • Meningococcal Group C (Men C)
  • Rotavirus – 2nd dose – NOT to be given if baby is older than 24 weeks

4 Months Old:

  • Diphtheria, Tetanus, pertussis, Polio and Hib
  • Pneumococcal
  • Men B – as from 1 September 2015

At 12 Months (after first birthday):

  • Hib/Men C
  • Pneumococcal
  • Measles, Mumps & Rubella
  • Men B – as from 1 September 2015

2, 3 and 4 Years:

  • Seasonal nasal flu vaccine during September – March

3 Years 4 Months:

  • Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis & Polio
  • Measles, Mumps & Rubella

For the immunisations to have optimum effect there must be a gap of 4 weeks in between 1st, 2nd and 3rd vaccinations. If your baby is ill when their immunisations are due, it is ok to defer until he/she is better.

Child Health Record (Red Book) – Please bring your child’s red book to all immunisation clinics so that all immunisations are recorded.

Immunisation Clinic

The immunisation clinic is held on a Tuesday afternoon between 1pm and 2.30pm, when two nurses are present to check the vaccines, check your child’s medical record and to update the electronic and paper record, including your child’s red book.

If you cannot attend a Tuesday afternoon clinic, we offer several appointments during the week which may be more suitable and again two nurses will be present at these appointments. At present we do not offer appointments on a Friday.

Consent

Before your child is vaccinated the nurse will explain what vaccinations are due to be given and request verbal consent. If you, as a parent, have asked a friend or relative to bring your child for vaccination, then written consent or a telephone call to one of the nurses will be required before vaccination can be administered. A friend or relative presenting with the red book will not be accepted unless verbal or written consent from the parent/guardian has been given beforehand.

Reasons to postpone your child’s vaccinations:

  • Child feeling unwell with fever
  • Severe reaction to an earlier vaccination
  • Incorrect time for vaccinations
  • No consent

Possible side-effects

  • Local reactions include soreness, swelling and redness at the injection site.
  • Mild transient fever
  • Less common – drowsiness, crying, diarrhoea and vomiting.

If your child experiences a raise in temperature (above 37 degrees) then please given paracetamol (Calpol) according to their age. If you have any concerns a GP is present in the surgery until 6.30pm Monday to Friday to give advice. Otherwise please call 111 the out-of-hours service.

For more information regarding immunisations for your child please look at the following website: