Vaccinations, immunisations, jabs or injections help to develop your child's immune system so they can fight against certain diseases.
Due to vaccinations in childhood, diseases such as tetanus, diptheria and polio are very rare in the UK, but it is still important to protect your child against these diseases by getting them vaccinated.
You should follow the UK's Immunisation Schedule to make sure your child has had all the necessary vaccinations:
2 MonthsDiptheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio and haemophilius influenzae type b in a combined injection known as DTap/IPV/Hib
Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) which protects agains pneumonia, septicaemia and meningitis.
Meningitis C (MenC).
12-13 MonthsMeasles, mumps and rubella in a combined injection called MMR
H.influenzae type b and meningitis C in a combined injection (Hib/MenC).
3-5 YearsDiptheria, tetanus, pertussis and polio in a combined injection (dTaP/IPV)
Girls Aged 12-13 YearsCervical cancer (HPV) split into three separate injections - the second one 1-2 months, and third one 6 months after the first.
13-18 YearsDiptheria, tetanus and polio (Td/IPV).
Before your child starts school, they will usually be immunised either at your doctor's surgery or local child health clinic. Once your child is in school, the vaccinations usually take place there. The school will contact you before your child is given any immunisation.