Family Health

Your Child's Health: 0-6 Years

Below you will find useful information for your families health. Much of the information is from the NHS’s ow website and more information can be found there. To visit the NHS website in a new window please click here.

Below you will find information on when and what immunisations your child is due from birth to age 6 as well as some other useful links and advice.

When To Immunise

Diseases protected against

Vaccine given

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Two months old

  • Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)
  • Pneumococcal disease
  • Rotavirus
  • Meningococcal group B (MenB)
  • DTaP/IPV/Hib (Pediacel)
  • PCV (Prevenar 13)
  • Rotavirus (Rotarix)
  • MenB
  • Thigh
  • Thigh
  • By Mouth
  • Left Thigh

Three months old

  • Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio and Hib
  • Meningococcal group C disease (MenC)
  • Rotavirus
  • DTaP/IPV/Hib (Pediacel)
  • Men C (NeisVac-C or Menjugate)
  • Rotavirus (Rotarix)
  • Thigh
  • Thigh
  • By Mouth

Four months old

  • Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio and Hib
  • Pneumococcal disease
  • Meningococcal group B (MenB)
  • DTaP/IPV/Hib (Pediacel)
  • PCV (Prevenar 13)
  • Men B
  • Thigh
  • Thigh
  • Left Thigh

One Year Old

  • Hib/MenC
  • Pneumococcal disease
  • Measles, mumpsand rubella (German measles)
  • MenB
  • Hib/MenC (Menitorix)
  • PCV (Prevenar 13)
  • MMR(Priorix or MMR VaxPRO)
  • MenB booster
  • Upper arm/thigh
  • Upper arm/thigh
  • Upper arm/thigh
  • Left Thigh

Two to six years old
(including children in school years 1 and 2)

  • Influenza (each year from September)
  • Live attenuated influenza
    vaccine LAIV4
  • Both Nostrils

Three years four months old
(or soon after)

  • Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and polio
  • Measles, mumps and rubella
  • dTaP/IPV (Repevax) or DTaP/IPV(Infanrix-IPV)
  • MMR (Priorix or MMR VaxPRO)(check first dose has been given)
  • Upper Arm
  • Upper Arm

Immunisations for at-risk children

Target Group

Age & Schedule

Disease

Vaccines required

Babies born to hepatitis B infected
mothers

At birth, four weeks, eight weeks
and Boost at one year1

Hepatitis B

  • Hepatitis B vaccine
    (Engerix B / HBvaxPRO)

Infants in areas of the country with
TB incidence >= 40/100,000

At Birth

Tuberculosis

  • BCG

Infants with a parent or grandparent
born in a high incidence country

At Birth

Tuberculosis

  • BCG

Children’s Health

There is a good guide on the NHS website which describes various conditions affecting children. There is advice on how to diagnose them, how to treat them and if further advice should be consulted.

When Should I Worry?

Having an ill child can be a very scary experience for parents. Understanding more about the illness can help you feel more in control. Download the booklet below about common infections in children.

NHS Choices Condition & Treatments

Have a look at the NHS Choices Conditions and Treatments using the link below for a very helpful and useful in-depth description of many common health issues that relate to your young child.