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Vaccinations in babies and the under 5s

You will be offered routine vaccinations (injections) for your baby when they reach 2 months of age and upwards. These vaccinations are very important for your baby as they will protect them from serious diseases such as diptheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio and bacterial infections that can cause meningitis, to name but a few. You can see what vaccinations are due and when on the immunisation schedule.

More information about the vaccines your baby will receive up to 13 months of age can be found on the gov.uk website, including details about the MMR vaccination which will protect your child from the highly infectious diseases of measles, mumps and rubella. You can see further information about measles and mumps and the serious complications that can occur in common childhood infections.

The pre-school booster, given at 3 years and 4 months, provides added protection to your child through their second dose of the MMR vaccination and a booster of the diptheria, polio, tetanus and whooping cough vaccines given as a 4 in 1 vaccination. Information about the pre-school booster can be seen here on the gov.uk website.

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Childhood vaccination video

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The following Childhood vaccinations video explains how you can protect your child through vaccination:

For more vaccine information in English and other languages please see the Oxford Vaccine Knowledge Project.

There’s lots of information about vaccinations and you should ensure that you’re getting your information from a trusted and reliable source. You can find out more about vaccines, how they work and what’s in them in A guide to childhood vaccinations from the British Society for Immunology. Further information about vaccinations can be found on the NHS website including  why vaccination is safe and important.

Contact your GP, Practice Nurse and / or Health Visitor if you have concerns or queries regarding vaccinations for your child.