Child Health Services

Baby Clinics And Child Health Surveillance Clinics

Baby immunisations are carried out during normal nursing hours.

How To Protect Your Child

There are very few medical reasons for not having your child immunised. If you are concerned please discuss this with our practice nurse or doctor.

Before three months old your child may be offered a BCG injection by the clinic doctor to protect your child against TB. This is available on request for siblings.

Advice And Care Following Immunisations

After any of the following injections, children may be irritable or have a temperature. You should keep the child cool and they should be given the appropriate dose of baby paracetamol to bring down the temperature and have some of their clothes removed. Follow this with a second dose four to six hours later. If your baby is two to three months old, the dose is 60mg of paracetamol. You can get a special oral syringe from the pharmacist for measuring the right amount. Contact the practice if you are worried. Sometimes the skin becomes red and swollen around the place where the injection was given, or a small lump appears and may take a few weeks to disappear. Don’t worry, this is perfectly normal and your child’s next injection need not usually be delayed.

Following MMR, children may experience a rubella-type illness, ie rash and/or temperature 7-21 days following the injection. This is self-limiting and non-infectious and should be treated as above. If you are worried that this is not resolving, please contact us for advice.

At 2 months Hib, Diphtheria, Whooping Cough, Polio, Tetanus, Pneumonia (two injections)
At 3 months Hib, Diphtheria, Whooping Cough, Polio, Tetanus, Meningitis C (two injections)
At 4 months Hib, Diphtheria, Whooping Cough, Polio, Tetanus, Meningitis C, Pneumonia (three injections)
12 Months Hib and Meningitis C booster (one injection)
13 Months Measles, Mumps Rubella (MMR) (One Injection)
4 - 5 Years
(Around school entry)
Diptheria, Whooping Cough, Tetanus (booster), Polio, (booster), MMR (booster) (two injections)
Girls 12 years Cervical Cancer Vaccine (Three doses) (This is not available through the surgery)

There is a Meningitis C vaccine available where all risk groups will be called for automatically. Everyone under the age of 24 years is entitled to a free immunisation. This is available from the nurses. Meningitis A, C, W & Y (Quadrivalent) Vaccination is mandatory for certain travel destinations. This is not a routine vaccination and a charge will be made if it is necessary for you to have it.

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