A Guide to Children’s Vaccines

A Guide to Children’s Vaccines

My son turns ONE soon (I can’t believe it!) and with all the presents, well-wishes, cake and love, will come more dreaded injections. With all the current media focus surrounding the Meningitis vaccine I thought I would do a blog post on exactly which vaccines are being offered right now.

Unfortunately Pip has just missed out on the age criteria for the Meningitis B vaccine, so I will be looking into getting this done privately. I’m also thinking about giving him the chicken pox vaccination which is only available privately too.

Currently the list of NHS Vaccines offered are as follows:

2 months

5-in-1 (DTaP/IPV/Hib) vaccine – this single jab contains vaccines to protect against five separate diseases: diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough (pertussis), polio and Haemophilus influenzae type b (known as Hib – a bacterial infection that can cause severe pneumonia or meningitis in young children)

Pneumococcal (PCV) vaccine

Rotavirus vaccine

Men B vaccine

3 months

5-in-1 (DTaP/IPV/Hib) vaccine, second dose

Men C vaccine

Rotavirus vaccine, second dose

4 months

5-in-1 (DTaP/IPV/Hib) vaccine, third dose

Pneumococcal (PCV) vaccine, second dose

Men B vaccine second dose

12-13 months

Hib/Men C booster, given as a single jab containing meningitis C (second dose) and Hib (fourth dose)

Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine, given as a single jab

Pneumococcal (PCV) vaccine, third dose

Men B vaccine third dose


I personally believe that getting your child vaccinated is very important. No parent wants to see their child in pain when getting a needle jabbed in their arm and Pip was particularly ill after his second round of vaccines. But tragically infections like meningitis can be life-threatening and if all it takes is one little jab to prevent that from happening, I’m completely on board.

What do you think about the current list of vaccines? Did you sign the Meningitis B petition?


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