Specific Services:

Childhood Immunisation
We carry out all childhood immunisations except the BCG which protects against TB. These are done at Stag Lane Clinic at around 6 weeks - your Health Visitor or Midwife will inform you.

All the other immunisations are carried out at our
Baby Immunisation Clinic currently on a Thursday by appointment only. Your child will be called up for immunisation from the central health authority computer. Sometimes there are delays so if it’s the right time (see below) but you’ve not yet had an appointment please contact the surgery. Also due to the complex schedule, and the short time scale, you may receive appointments for immunisations already given so check carefully. Please check-in at Reception and you will be added to the Nurse’s immunisation list. Please remember to bring your child’s Red Book so we can record the details for you.

If your child has a fever, is obviously very unwell or is just starting an illness, it is best to postpone the immunisations until they are better. Snuffles, coughs, and other minor illnesses or problems such as rashes and allergies do not require postponement.

For general information about the child vaccination programme and answers to your questions and concerns, including safety and busting all those myths, there is lots of information here.

Here is the
current national schedule of free NHS childhood and adolescent vaccinations with links to full information about each vaccine and further details below:
6 weeks up to under one year
  • BCG this is given to young babies in this area to protect against the growing incidence in TB. There has been a worldwide shortage of the BCG vaccine and arrangements are changing:your Health Visitor will advise you. It is NOT available from the GP
2 months
3 months
4 months
12-13 months
2, 3, 4 years and school years 1, 2 & 3
3 years, 4 months
12-13 years (girls)
14 years
New university students age 19-25 years

What they all do:

6-in1 vaccine
Protects against: diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio, hepatitis B and Hib (haemophilus influenza type B)
Given at: two, three and four months of age
Read more about the 6-in-1 vaccine

Pneumococcal or pneumo jab (PCV)
Protects against: some types of pneumococcal infection
Given at: two, four and 12-13 months of age
Read more about the pneumococcal jab

Rotavirus vaccine
Protects against: rotavirus infection, a common cause of childhood diarrhoea and sickness
Given at: two and three months of age; this is an oral vaccine given by dropper
Read more about the rotavirus vaccine

Meningitis B (Men B)
Protects against: meningitis (caused by meningococcal type B bacteria)
Given at: two months, four months and 12 months of age
Read more about the
Men B vaccine.

Hib/Men C (booster)
Protects against: haemophilus influenza type b (Hib) and meningitis C
Given at: 12-13 months of age
Read more about the Hib/Men C booster

Protects against: measles, mumps and rubella
Given at: 12-13 months and at 3 years and 4 months of age, or sometime thereafter
Read more about the MMR jab

Flu vaccine
Protects against: flu
Given at: annually as a nasal spray in Sept/Oct for ages 2 and 3
Read more about the
flu vaccine for children

4-in-1 pre-school booster
Protects against: diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough and polio
Given at: 3 years and 4 months of age, or shortly thereafter
Read more about the
DTaP/IPV pre-school booster

Meningitis ACWY (Men ACWY)
Protects against: meningococcal meningitis types A, C, W, Y
Given at: 17-18 years in school yr.13 and first time university students up to age 25yrs. Also young teenagers school yr. 9 & 10 alongside the 3 in 1 teenage booster
Read more about the
Meningitis ACWY vaccine