Single and small combination baby vaccines: FAQs
Are the vaccines you offer licensed for use in the UK?The vaccines offered at BabyJabs include some that are licensed for use in the UK and others that are unlicensed.
Are doctors allowed to give unlicensed vaccines?Yes, if they feel that there is no satisfactory licensed alternative. Doctors often use unlicensed medicines. For example, 7% of all hospital prescriptions for children are for unlicensed drugs.
What are the implications of the vaccines being unlicensed?This means that they have not passed through the Department of Health's quality control procedures. It also means that they have to be ordered on a 'named patient' basis. This requires that each vaccine be ordered for an individual named child with the clinical reasons that the vaccine is needed.
My child is healthy. What would the clinical reason be to order the single vaccines for my child?If, after informed consideration, you refuse to allow your child to be given the vaccines recommended by the NHS, then your child remains unprotected against various diseases. The only way to protect your child in these circumstances is to give him or her alternative vaccines, which may be unlicensed. This is the clinical indication.
Are they 'licensed' for use in other countries?Yes, they are all licensed for use in one or more countries including their country of manufacture.
Are your vaccines approved by the World Health Organisation?All the vaccines we offer at BabyJabs are approved by the World Health Organisation.
Are your vaccines the same as those used by the NHS?Some such as the PCV and Men B are identical. Others are different because the NHS gives a large number in a 6-in-1 combination vaccine. However the strength and effectiveness of our vaccines are similar to those used on the NHS.
Manufacture, transport and storage
Where are the vaccines you offer manufactured?They are all manufactured in Western Europe, North America or India by large multinational pharmaceutical companies. See the separate vaccine information sheet for more information on this.
How are the vaccines transported to your clinic?They are imported by companies that specialise in importing drugs from abroad and have approval from the Department of Health (DoH) to import the vaccines. They arrive at our premises in temperature-controlled conditions.
How do you store the vaccines?They are stored in temperature-controlled fridges especially designed for vaccine storage.
How long can the vaccines be stored?The 'shelf life' or expiry date will vary from batch to batch, but is usually a year or longer. Vaccines are never used after their expiry date.
Do the vaccines contain mercury or aluminium?At BabyJabs we do not offer vaccines containing mercury. It is very hard to obtain vaccines free from aluminium, but, where possible, we use vaccines that are aluminium-free or have a relatively low aluminium content.
Are the vaccines you offer safe?They are all manufactured by large reputable manufacturers. We source vaccines that are as free from additives and contaminants as possible in order to help minimise side effects. However, no medical intervention can ever be guaranteed to be 100% safe.
Do the vaccines have side effects?All vaccines have side effects. We try to minimise these, by offering less vaccines at any one time than are given on the NHS, and by selecting vaccines with as few additives and contaminants as possible.
When are side-effects likely to occur?If your child suffers any side-effects they are most likely to be a slight fever and irritability up to 48 hours after receiving the vaccine. Side-effects from some vaccines occur later; for example side-effects from the measles vaccine most commonly arise 5 to 10 days after being given the vaccine.
Who is liable if something goes wrong?We, at BabyJabs, are responsible in the normal way for any advice and treatment that we offer. The pharmaceutical companies remain responsible for the quality of their products.
Do you keep a record of the batch number of the vaccines?Yes, we keep a record of the batch numbers of the vaccines in our own records. We will also add this information to your child's personal health record book (usually a 'red' book), and will also provide with a personalised BabyJabs immunisation record card for your child.
How will my GP know that my child has been immunised?We give you a letter to pass on to your GP at every attendance at BabyJabs, outlining what vaccines your child has received.
What are the advantages of giving vaccines separately?This will allow your baby to receive fewer vaccines at each attendance, and to spread out the overall vaccine load; however, there is no conclusive evidence that this is better or safer that giving the vaccines all together. However, there is scientific research that suggests that delaying vaccination may reduce your child’s risk of developing allergic disorders such as asthma, eczema and hay fever.
What are the disadvantages of giving vaccines separately?Spreading out the vaccines will usually result in a delay in the time it takes for your child to be protected against the various diseases. However, it is not necessary for most children to be protected against diseases such as tetanus and polio in the first few months of life.
What is the safest immunisaiton schedule for my child?There is no one schedule that is best for all children. At a consultation Dr Halvorsen will draw up a personalized schedule for your child taking into account your wishes, your child’s medical history and any relevant family history. At BabyJabs we view each child as unique and do not believe that there is one schedule that is right for all children.
Are the vaccines you offer as effective as those given on the NHS?Most are sourced form the same manufacturers that provide the vaccines for the NHS, and are all of similar effectiveness. Many are, or were, used by the NHS.
How many doses will my child require?This will depend on which vaccines you choose to give your child. At your initial consultation with Dr Halvorsen, a personalised immunisaiton plan will be agreed for your child. The total number of vaccines required will depend on which vaccines you choose and when they are given.
How soon after being given do vaccines become effective?Vaccines generally take between one and three weeks to provide maximum protection.
How long does protection last?This is so variable that it is impossible to give a generalised answer. The measles vaccine offers protection for well over 20 years, whereas the protection from the whooping cough (pertussis) vaccine only last 4 or 5 years.
How can I check the exact ingredients of the vaccines?You can find the full list of all ingredients of our vaccines (so far as we are able to ascertain) on our detailed vaccine list.
Are your vaccines vegetarian?To the best of our knowledge, the following vaccines are vegetarian:
Td Pur (low dose tetanus and diphtheria)
DT (diphtheria and tetanus)
HBVaxPro (hepatitis B)
Act Hib (Hib)
Menitorix (Hib-Men C)
Bexsero (Men B)
Menjugate (Men C)
Nimenrix (Men ACWY)
Prevenar 13 (PCV)
Tetanus Pur (tetanus)
Are your vaccines vegan?Very few, if any, vaccines are vegan and we are unable to guarantee that any of our vaccines are completely vegan
Which of your vaccines contain pork gelatine or other porcine products?The chickenpox vaccine Varivax contains porcine gelatine. To the best of our knowledge none of our other vaccines contain any pig derived products.
Which of your vaccines contain dairy products?The following vaccines are known to contain dairy products:
Act Hib (Hib)
MR-Vac (measles and rubella)
Prevenar 13 (PCV)
It is extremely rare for a vaccine that contains dairy products to cause a serious adverse reaction in a child with a milk allergy.