One of the most important things that a parent can do for their child is to make sure that they have all their routine childhood vaccinations. It’s the most effective way of keeping them protected against infectious diseases. Ideally, kids should have their jabs at the right age to protect them as early as possible and minimise the risk of infection.

Vaccination Checklist

Here’s a checklist of the vaccines that are routinely offered to everyone in the UK for free on the NHS, and the age at which you should ideally have them.

2 Months:

5-in-1 jab
Diphtheria Tetanus Pertussis* Polio Hib**
single jab Pneumococcal Infection
*Whooping Cough
**Haemophilus influenzae type b
**Hib, a bacterial infection that can cause sever pneumonia or meningitis in young children

3 months:

5-in-1 2nd dose DTaP/IPV/Hib
Single Jab Meningitis C

4 months:

5-in-1 3rd dose DTaP/IPV/Hib
2nd dose Pneumococcal Infection
2nd dose Meningitis C

Between 12 and 13 months:

3rd dose Meningitis C
4th dose Hib (Hib/MenC given as a single jab)
3rd dose Pneumococcal Infection

3 years and 4 months, or soon after:

2nd jab MMR
4-in-1 booster DTaP/IPV given as a pre-school booster

Around 12-13 years:

3jabs in 6mths HPV Cervical cancer vaccine*
*Protects against cervical cancer: three jabs within six months

Around 13-18 years:

Single Jab Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio booster (Td/IPV)

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