Immunisation Schedule

At Springfield Surgery, we strongly encourage parents to immunise their children. Immunisation works - since the introduction of the meningitis vaccine, we have seen a significant drop in the numbers of children getting meningitis. The number of children receiving the MMR vaccine has fallen recently, and the incidence of serious childhood illnesses such as measles has increased. It is becoming increasingly clear that the safety fears surrounding immunisations (and MMR in particular) are unfounded. The benefits of immunising seem to far outweigh the extremely small risks.

When should they be given?

If a vaccine is given when a baby still has antibodies to the disease, the antibodies can stop the vaccine working. This is why routine childhood immunisations do not start until a baby is two months old, before the antibodies a baby gets from its mother have stopped working. This is also why it is important for parents to stick to the immunisation schedule, as a delay can leave a baby unprotected. A delay can increase the chance of adverse reactions to some vaccines, such as pertussis (whooping cough).

Things have changed in 2006

Routine pneumococcal vaccine is being introduced . In addition to this the current three doses of MenC vaccine will be respaced at three and four months of age with a booster at 12 months. Also a booster dose of Hib vaccine will be given at 12 months.

These changes follow a stringent review by the Department of Health.


When to immunise What is given? How is it given?
2 months Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio and HiB (DTaP/IPV/HiB) plus pneumococcal vaccine Two injections
3 months Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio and HiB (DTaP/IPV/HiB) plus MenC vaccine Two injections
4 months Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio and HiB (DTaP/IPV/HiB) plus MenC vaccine plus pneumococcal vaccine Three injections
12 months Hib and MenC Two injections
13 months Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) and pneumococcal vaccine Two injections
3 years and 4 months to 5 years old Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough) and polio (dTaP/IPV or DTaP/IPV) and Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) Two injections
13 to 18 years old Diphtheria, tetanus, polio (Td/IPV) One injection

Still Unsure?
If you are still unsure as to whether to immunise your child, the following links provide more detailed information from reliable sources. Alternatively please feel free to make an appointment with the practice nurse or doctor to discuss. This website gives all the up-to-date facts surrounding MMR, and discusses some of the recent areas of controversy. This website discusses all the issues surrounding the other immunisations.