Baby Immunisations

Babies should have an 8 week health check with a GP before starting their vaccination programme. Babies should be fit and well at times of their immunisation.

The Child Health Department at NHS England (Wessex) will write advising when babies’ immunisations are due, or please ring the surgery to book an appointment.

Baby Immunisations are performed by the Practice nurses – please make an appointment at Reception. If you have any queries regarding the immunisations of your baby, please do not hesitate to ask your practice nurse or a health visitor.

When and what immunisations will my baby have?

8 weeks 6-in-1 vaccine (1st dose)
Rotavirus vaccine (1st dose)
MenB (1st dose)
12 weeks 6-in-1 vaccine (2nd dose)
Rotavirus vaccine (2nd dose)
Pneumococcal (PCV) vaccine (1st dose)
16 weeks 6-in-1 vaccine (3rd dose)
MenB (2nd dose)
1 year Hib/MenC (1st dose)
MMR (1st dose)
Pneumococcal (PCV) vaccine (2nd dose)
MenB (3rd dose)
2 to 10 years Flu vaccine (every year)
3 years and 4 months MMR (2nd dose)
4-in-1 pre-school booster

It’s really important that premature babies still have their vaccinations from 8 weeks old. They may be at higher risk of catching infections if you wait.

Can I refuse my child’s Immunisations?

Immunisations are not mandatory in the UK and you should be asked for your consent before each vaccination.

However, it’s important to remember that Immunisations will protect your child for many years against a range of serious illnesses.

Without vaccination your child is at greater risk of getting these illnesses. Speak to a Nurse or GP if you have concerns about Immunisations

You can take your baby swimming at any time before and after their immunisations.

It is important that premature infants have their immunisations at the appropriate chronological age, according to the schedule.

The overall aim of the routine childhood immunisation programme is to protect all children against the following preventable childhood infections. We have a skilled team of nurses who administer our immunisations these are done in a clinic with the nurse contact the surgery today to book an appointment.

Every effort should be made to ensure that all children are immunised, even if they are older than the recommended age range. If any course of immunisation is interrupted, it should be resumed and completed as soon as possible.

If you are unsure of the vaccination status of your child, don’t worry, just make an appointment with one of our nurses and we can discuss what immunisations are required.