Health Action: Routine Immunizations

Immunizations give protection against several infectious diseases and are scheduled during childhood. Serious reactions to immunizations are rare; consult your doctor if you are worried.

Routine schedule

Timing of immunizations can be adjusted if some doses are missed. All immunizations are given by injection.

Age Diseases immunized against
2 months
  • Diphtheria/tetanus/pertussis/poliomyelitis/Haemophilusinfluenzae B (HIB)

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  • Pneumococcal infection.

3 months
  • Diphtheria/tetanus/pertussis/poliomyelitis/Haemophilusinfluenzae B (HIB).

  • Meningococcus C.

4 months
  • Diphtheria/tetanus/pertussis/poliomyelitis/Haemophilusinfluenzae B (HIB).

  • Meningococcus C.

  • Pneumococcal infection.

Around 12 months Haemophilus influenzae B (HIB)/meningococcus C .
Around 13 months
  • Measles/mumps/rubella .

  • Pneumococcal infection.

3 years 4 months, or soon after
  • Diphtheria/tetanus/pertussis/poliomyelitis .

  • Measles/mumps/rubella*.

12 to 13 years (girls only) Cervical cancer caused by human papillomavirus types 16 and 18.
13 to 18 years Diphtheria/tetanus/poliomyelitis*.
* Given as one combined injection

From the 2010 revision of the Complete Home Medical Guide © Dorling Kindersley Limited.

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