Childhood immunisations

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Immunisations – we follow the latest routine immunisation schedule.  The details of routine, selective  as well as additional immunisation schedules can be viewed here.

Infanrix hexa®, a new hexavalent vaccine is now offered to babies born on or after 1st August, 2017, for routine childhood immunisations at 8, 12 and 16 weeks of age.
The introduction of a hexavalent vaccine means that as well as being protected against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio and Hib, babies will also be protected against hepatitis B. The introduction of a vaccine that protects against hepatitis B is an important milestone in the fight against viral hepatitis.
The introduction of a hepatitis B containing vaccine into the UK routine childhood immunisation programme also fulfils the WHO recommendation that every country should routinely immunise children against hepatitis B, as part of the global strategy to eliminate this virus.

You can view the latest edition of the Guide to babies’ immunisation up to 1 year of age of age which includes the routine childhood immunisation schedule, including the Men B vaccination that started in September 2015.  It is reflective of those babies born on or after 1st August, 2017, as they are now offered a new hexavalent vaccine.

Immunisations at 1 year of age guide offers information on four different vaccines that are offered to children at the age of 1 year.

Pre-school immunisations guide (2-5 years of age), offers information on nasal flu programme, revised routine immunisation schedule as well as selective immunisation schedule.

We can also provide vaccination to older children (between school years 7 – 13) if they missed their vaccination at school.  Immunisation for young people guide can help you answer any questions you might have about the HPV, Men ACW&Y and Td/IPV.

We now offer flu vaccination to children from 2 years of age.  You can get more information here .  This is usually in a form of a nasal spray, unless your child cannot have this.  More information is available here.

Information about what to expect following childhood immunisation can be viewed here.

Please read the following advice about infant vaccination as a result of some parents having difficulties in obtaining infant paracetamol suspension. Given the risk of the serious infections that the vaccines protect against, Public Health England (PHE) are recommending that the routine primary immunisation schedule should not be delayed. Whilst parents should continue to try to obtain and administer infant paracetamol if possible, infant vaccines can and should still be given even if it is not possible to give prophylactic paracetamol.

If you have been unable to obtain infant paracetamol, please read the following:

Fever can be expected after any vaccination but is more common when the MenB vaccine (Bexsero) is given with the other routine vaccines at eight and sixteen weeks.
In infants who do develop a fever after vaccination, the fever tends to peak around six hours after vaccination and is nearly always gone completely within two days.
Ibuprofen can be used to treat a fever and other post-vaccination reactions. Prophylactic ibuprofen at the time of vaccination is not effective.
Information about treating a fever in children is available from the NHS UK webpage “Fever in children”  
If your infant still has a fever 48 hours after vaccination or if you are concerned about your infant’s health at any time, please seek advice from NHS 111.
The diseases that the vaccines protect against are very serious and therefore vaccination should not be delayed because of your concerns about post-vaccination fever.

Cause of fever following immunisation –
We are aware of concerns that you might have about not knowing whether a fever in your infant following immunisation is due to their immunisations or to COVID-19. Indications to date suggest that COVID-19 causes mild disease in infants and children. As has always been recommended, any infant with fever after vaccination should be monitored and if you are concerned about your infant’s health at any time, you should seek advice from NHS 111.

Unfortunately we do not offer BCG vaccination in our practice, however, you can obtain more information regarding BCG vaccination from your health visitor.  You can also learn more about TB and BCG vaccination here.