What Immunisations Does My Baby Need in the First Year? | Mummahood

Your baby will be offered immunisations against some of the most common, dangerous and infectious diseases within their first year of life. Many of these diseases can be particularly serious in very young babies and therefore doctors want to make sure that they are protected from them as early as possible.

Immunisations are given to babes to prepare their immune system and enable them to fight off any of these diseases that they may come into contact with in the future.

It is also important that babies are given their immunisations at the right ages. The immunisation schedule begins when the baby is two months old.

Below is a detailed list of what immunisations your baby needs in his first year alongside how old they should be when they are administered (1).


TWO MONTHS OLD

1) The 5-in-1 (DTaP/IPV/Jib) vaccine

This will protect your child against five separate diseases including; Haemphilus influenza type b, polio, diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough. The first dose.

Your child will be given three doses of this vaccine over the course of the year, in order to give them full protection.

2) Pneumococcal (PCV) vaccine

This immunisation protects against disease caused by the bacterium Streptococcis – which can lead to pneumonia, septicaemia and meningitis (2). The first dose.

Your child will be given three doses of this vaccine over the course of the year, in order to give them full protection.

3) Rotavirus

This protects against rotaviruses which are a common cause of diarrhea and sickness (3). This immunisation is administered orally, in one dose. The first dose.

Your child will be given two doses of this vaccine over the course of the year, in order for them to get full protection.

4) Meningococcal B vaccine (from 1/9/15)

This is a new vaccine designed to protect against meningitis B. The first dose.

Your child will be given three doses of this vaccine over the course of the year, in order to give them full protection.

  

THREE MONTHS OLD

  • The 5-in-1 (DTaP/IPV/Jib) vaccine. The second dose.
  • Meningitis C vaccine. This vaccination will protect your child against Meningitis C. The first dose.

Your child will be given two doses of this vaccine over the course of the year, in order to give them full protection.

  • The second dose.

 

FOUR MONTHS OLD

  • The 5-in-1 (DTaP/IPV/Jib) vaccine. The third dose.
  • Pneumococcal (PCV) vaccine. The second dose.
  • Meningococcal B vaccine (from 1/9/15). The second dose.

 

TWELVE – THIRTEEN MONTHS OLD

  • Haemophilus influenza type b (fourth does) and meningitis C (second dose) given as a single vaccination.
  • Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) given as a single vaccine to protect against all three diseases.
  • Pneumococcal (PCV) vaccine. The third dose.
  • Meningococcal B vaccine (from 1/9/15). The third dose.

To facilitate the process, your doctor’s surgery will send you appointments for each of the immunisations your baby needs and when they need to have them. All of these immunisations are free on the NHS.

CITATIONS

Information obtained from:
(1) http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/pages/vaccination-schedule-age-checklist.aspx
(2) http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/pages/pneumococcal-vaccination.aspx
(3) http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/pages/rotavirus-vaccine.aspx

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