Immunisation

  • Vaccination is the safest and most effective way of protecting individuals and communities from vaccine preventable diseases.
  • In the UK, there is a free NHS immunisation programme that protects babies, children, teenagers, pregnant women, and adults.
  • Some of vaccinations are free for those travelling abroad. Ask your GP or Travel Health Nurse for more details.
  • Information on when to get your child's jabs can be found in the table below.
Wandsworth vaccination schedule for children, accurate as of December 2016
Age of your child Diseases protected against
Two months old (Three injections and one oral dose) 1st dose - Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio
and Haemophilus influenzae type b (DTaP/IPV/Hib)
1st dose - Pneumococcal (PCV)
1st dose - Rotavirus
1st dose - Meningococcal B (MenB)
Three months old (One injection and one oral dose) 2nd dose - DTaP/IPV/Hib
2nd dose - Rotavirus
Four months old (Three injections) 3rd dose - DTaP/IPV/Hib
2nd dose - PCV
2nd - dose MenB
Between 12 and 13 months old -
within a month of their first birthday (Four injections)
Booster - Hib (includes Meningococcal C)
Booster - PCV
1st dose - Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR)
Booster - MenB
From 18 months (One injection) 2nd dose - MMR2*
Three years four months old or
soon after (One injection)
Booster - Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and polio
Two, three and four years including all children in reception years (Nasal spray, routinely given at general practice) Influenza (each year from September)
Children in years 1,2 and 3 (Nasal spray, routinely given at school) **Influenza (each year from October)

*Please note that Wandsworth operates to an accelerated MMR vaccination schedule, 2nd dose of MMR is generally given at 18 months to encourage and improve local uptake.

** The existing flu immunisation programme will be extended over a number of years to include all children aged two to 16 years inclusive. 

Other vaccination schedules

Vaccines for adolescents
Age Diseases protected against
Girls aged 12 to 13 Human Papillomavirus vaccine (HPV) which protects against cervical cancer caused by HPV types 16 and 18 (and genital warts caused by types 6 and 11).
The HPV vaccine is given in two doses administered 6-24 months apart.
Fourteen year olds (school year 9) Tetanus, diphtheria and polio (Td/IPV). MMR status is also checked at this point.
Meninogococcal groups A,C,W and Y disease (MenACWY)
Vaccination schedule for older people
Age Diseases protected against
65 year olds Pneumococcal (PPV)
65 year olds and older Influenza (flu) each year from September
70 year olds Shingles

Speak to your GP surgery or health visitor if any of these vaccines have been missed. 

MMR

#ruWandsWorthit? Speak to your GP if you have missed your MMR vaccination.

Information on selective immunisation programmes

Visit the following NHS pages for information on selective immunisation programmes.