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Most vaccinations are offered routinely to all children in the UK.
However, there are a few vaccinations only offered to babies and children who are at high risk of developing certain illnesses. The majority of children will not be offered these vaccinations on the NHS.
Varicella Injection against ChickenpoxIf you have a child with a suppressed immune system (due to an organ transplant or cancer treatment for example) all of your children will be offered a chickenpox vaccination. Chickenpox is very contagious so all siblings should be given the vaccination to prevent the weaker child from contracting the illness. The jab can be given to babies over a year old. If your child is over 12 years old they will need two doses of the vaccination given 4-8 weeks apart.
BCG (Bacillus Calmette-Guérin) Injection against TuberculosisThis vaccination is offered to people who are more likely to come into contact with tuberculosis. This may include babies born in inner-city London where TB rates are higher than the rest of the country, people working in a healthcare environment, people who have been in contact with someone with TB and people who have moved to the UK from a country with a high rate of TB.
Flu VaccinationSome children find it difficult to fight off flu, or are at greater risk of developing complications as a result of flu. It is recommended that these children have a flu jab each year at the start of the flu season. Your child may need the flu jab if they suffer one of the following conditions:
Respiratory disease such as chronic asthma, bronchitis, cystic fibrosis or emphysema
Kidney disease including nephrotic syndrome or on dialysis
Immunosuppression due to disease or treatment
Children without a spleen or whose spleen does not work properly
Hepititis B VaccinationChildren who are at high risk of exposure to Hepititis B (eg. if they are born to an infected mother) are offered this injection. It may also be offered to drug users, people with multiple sexual partners, people travelling to high-risk countries, people who work in certain environments (prison, hospitals etc), people with liver or kidney disease and people who receive regular blood transfusions.
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