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Child Immunisation

 

 

 

 

This information 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.

 

Parents are advised to give their babies 2.5ml of infant paracetamol suspension (Calpol) as soon as possible after vaccination when they are 2 months, 4 months and 12 months old.  Please see the table below. 

We ask parents to bring Calpol to these immunisation appointments.

 

Age of baby

Calpol – Dose 1

Calpol – Dose 2

Calpol – Dose 3

 

2 months, 4 months & 12 months

One 2.5ml

as soon as possible after vaccination

One 2.5ml

4-6 hours after 1st dose

One 2.5ml

4-6 hours after 2nd dose

Immunisation schedule

 

8 weeks old (please bring Calpol to appointment):

•Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (whooping cough), polio, Haemophilus Influenza type B (HIB) and

Hepatitis B – this is a 6 in 1 immunisation which is 1 injection (DTap/IPV/Hib/HepB)

•Pneumococcal injection (PCV)

•Rotavirus – given orally 1 dose – NOT to be given if baby is older than 15 weeks

•Meningococcal Group B (Men B)

 

Twelve weeks old:

•Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Polio and Hib and Hepatitis B

•Rotavirus – 2nd dose – NOT to be given if baby is older than 24 weeks (given orally)

 

Sixteen weeks old (please bring Calpol to appointment):

•Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Polio and Hib and Hepatitis B

•Pneumococcal injection

•Meningococcal Group B (Men B) 

 

One year old (on or after first birthday - please bring Calpol to appointment):

•Measles, Mumps & Rubella

•Meningococcal Group B (Men B)

 

Three years four months old:

•Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis & Polio

•Measles, Mumps & Rubella

 

Child Health Record for under 5's (Red Book)

Please bring your child’s red book to all immunisation appointments so that all immunisations are recorded.

  

Girls aged12 to 13 years

HPV

 

Fourteen years old (school year 9)

•Diphtheria, Tetanus & Polio

•Meningococcal groups A, C, W and Y disease

 

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 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°) then please give paracetamol (Calpol) according to their age. If you have any concerns a GP is present in the surgery until 6pm Monday to Friday to give advice. Otherwise please call the out-of-hours service.

 

  

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