The NHS Immunisation Schedule

The NHS immunisation programme starts at 8 weeks of age because small babies are most vulnerable to serious complications of infections. However, little babies’ developing immune and nervous systems may also be susceptible to side effects of the vaccines. It is also extremely unlikely that a baby will contract diseases such as tetanus, polio and diphtheria in the first few months of age.

Babies in the UK currently receive 7 vaccines in 2 injections and 1 orally at 2 months of age; 7 vaccines in 2 injections and 1 orally at 3 months; and 6 vaccines in 2 injections at 4 months.

A 5-in-1 combination vaccine is the cornerstone of the UK immunisation schedule; new combination vaccines are not tested for long-term safety, as it is assumed that side effects will be no more than if the vaccines were given separately.

The NHS schedule involves giving all babies 26 vaccines, in 9 injections plus 2 given orally, by the age of 15 months. Babies living in certain areas are also offered the BCG vaccine at birth. The full NHS schedule is listed below. More vaccines are likely to be added to the schedule in the near future.

Age

2 months




3 months


4 months



12 -13 months

Vaccines

DTaP-IPV-Hib (5-in-1)
PCV
Men B
Rotavirus

DTaP-IPV-Hib (5-in-1)
Rotavirus

DTaP-IPV-Hib (5-in-1)
PCV
Men B

MMR
PCV
Hib-Men C
Men B

No. of vaccines

8




6


7



7


No. of jabs

3 + 1 (oral)




1 + 1 (oral)


3



4


Total by 13 months


40 months or later


DTaP-IPV
MMR

28


7

11 + 2 (oral)


2

Yearly from 2 years

Flu vaccine (given nasally)

1 every year

1 every year (given nasally)

Total by 4 years

36

14 + 2 (oral) +3 (nasal)

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