Your baby’s vaccination timetable
Your baby will be offered several vaccinations to protect her from a number of serious diseases during her life. Vaccinations are very safe and any side effects are incredibly mild. The site of the injection may swell slightly or show redness, but this will fade quickly. Your baby may also become a little irritable or have a slight temperature, but again this will go away within a day or two. Your baby may be lucky enough not have any side effects at all! Some vaccinations are given more than once to ensure your child’s protection lasts. These extra jabs are known as ‘boosters’.
When your baby is two months
- Your baby will be offered a vaccination to protect her from diptheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio and Haemophilus influenzae type b. This is known as DTaP/IPV/Hib and comes in one injection. Your baby will have more boosters when she’s older.
- She’ll also be given a vaccination to protect her against pneumococcal infection, the bacterial infection that causes meningitis and pneumonia. The vaccine is called the PCV and your baby will have two more boosters following this jab.
When your baby is three months
- Your baby will have her second DTaP/IPV/Hib, again in one injection.
- She will also have her first vaccination to protect her against meningitis C, the MenC jab. She’ll have further booster vaccinations later.
When your baby’s four months
- Your baby will have her third DTaP/IPV/Hib booster vaccination to protect her from diptheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio and Haemophilus influenzae type b.
- She’ll have her second MenC jab to protect her from meningitis C.
- She’ll also be given her second PCV to protect her from pneumococcal infection.
When your baby is around 12 months
- Your baby will be given a joint booster to protect her from Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) and meningitis C, known as Hib/MenC.
When your baby is around 13 months
- Your baby will receive her third PCV to protect her from pneumococcal infection.
- She’ll also have her first MMR vaccine.