Childhood Immunisations

It is important that all children and babies are immunised. Illnesses such as diphtheria, tetanus, and polio are thankfully rare now, because of recent immunisation policies, but if contracted can be crippling or even fatal. Recently, several new meningitis vaccines have also been introduced such as Hib and MenC. Whooping cough (pertussis) causes a very distressing illness with severe prolonged coughing and can lead to permanent lung damage. The risk of vaccination, if indeed there is any, is minute and has certainly been overstated in the past. Unfortunately this has resulted in many parents deciding against the vaccination for their children and whooping cough epidemics from this. We strongly recommend that all babies have this vaccination along with their other baby injections. If you have any worries or queries about any aspect of your child’s immunisation please feel free to discuss them with your doctor or nurse.

Recommended Childhood to Adult Vaccinations

2 months - DTaP/Hib/IPV/PCV/MenB/Rotavirus (1st)
3 months - DTaP/Hib/IPV/Rotavirus (2nd)
4 months – DTaP/Hib/IPV/MenC/PCV (3rd)
Between 12 months - 13 months - Hib/MenC/MMR/PCV/MenB
3 years 4 months – 5 years old – DTaP/IPV/MMR (pre-school)
13 – 18 years – Td/IPV

Tetanus/polio (booster recommended every 10 years. For those who have had their normal childhood immunisations which includes tetanus, a booster is now not required.

Hepatitis B is only available for holiday purposes. We DO NOT give Hepatitis B for occupational health reasons for our patients. It is the responsibility of your employer/college to arrange this for you.

Guidelines on this are from the British Medical Association, and more information is available for our Practice Nurse or Reception.

We have a policy of strictly adhering to national guidelines regarding vaccinations and so the above schedules may be subject to change in line with changes in national policies.

Influenza Vaccination

In October every year we offer free flu vaccinations to our patients. It is strongly recommended that for high risk patients, e.g those with heart disease, asthma, COPD, diabetes, immune deficiency, and over 65s to be immunised. It is also recommended for those who are health care workers.

Pneumonia Vaccination

Pneumonia vaccination is available for all patients over the age of 65. You are only required to have this vaccination once in your lifetime.

Holiday / Travel Vaccinations

As the requirements for travellers can vary from time to time, patients who have doubts as to whether they need vaccination should make an appointment with our nurse to discuss this. We are a yellow fever vaccination centre.