Vaccination Advice

Dr Yiannis Ioannou is a London based private paediatrician who offers vaccinations for children and babies including all immunisations recommended for children living in the UK and international immunisation schedules.

You can find all the latest information on child vaccinations below.

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Sample Vaccine Schedule

Highlighted vaccines are not routinely offered to all children on UK vaccination schedule

AGE VACCINE TRADE NAME ROUTE
From Birth BCG Intradermal
8 weeks Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio,
Haemophilus influenza type b, hepatitis B
(DTaP/IPV/Hib/Hep B)
Infanrix Hexa Injection
Meningococcal B Bexsero Injection
Rotavirus Rotarix Oral drops
12 weeks Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio,
Haemophilus influenza type b, hepatitis B
(DTaP/IPV/Hib/Hep B)
Infanrix Hexa Injection
Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV) Prevenar 13 Injection
Rotavirus Rotarix Oral drops
16 weeks Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio,
Haemophilus influenza type b, hepatitis B
(DTaP/IPV/Hib/Hep B)
Infanrix Hexa Injection
Meningococcal B Bexsero Injection
20 weeks Meningococcal C NeisVac C Injection
Pneumococcal Prevenar 13 Injection
From 6 Months Influenza vaccine inactivated 2nd dose due after 4 weeks Injection
Influenza vaccine inactivated 2nd dose Injection
12 Months
(two injections per visit over 2-4 weeks)
Haemophilus influenzae type B
Meningococcal C
Menitorix Injection
Measles, Mumps & Rubella MMR Vaxpro or MMR Priorix Injection
Meningococcal B Bexsero Injection
Pneumococcal Prevenar 13 Injection
From 1 year (aim for 13-14 months) Varicella Varivax Injection
Hepatitis A Havrix Junior or Vaqta Paediatric Injection
Varicella (2nd dose – minimum 4 weeks after 1st dose) Varivax Injection
Hepatitis A (2nd dose – minimum 6 months after 1st dose) Havrix Junior or Vaqta Paediatric Injection
2 years to 18 years Annual Nasal Flu Vaccine
Live attenuated
Fluenz Tetra Nasal Spray
3 years 4 months Diptheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Poliomyelitis Repevax or Infanrix IPV Injection
Measles, Mumps & Rubella MMR Vaxpro or MMR Priorix Injection
12 years Cervical cancer caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) types 16 and 18 and genital warts caused by types 6 and 11 Gardasil 1st dose Injection
13 years Cervical cancer caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) types 16 and 18 and genital warts caused by types 6 and 11 Gardasil 2nd dose Injection
14 years Tetanus, Diptheria, Poliomyelitis Td/IPV Revaxis Injection
Meningococcal serogroup ACWY Menveo or Nimenrix Injection
Other Hepatitis A and B combined (Available for over 1 year olds)

(Three doses needed, 2nd dose 1 month after 1st dose and 3rd dose 5 months after 2nd dose.)

Twinrix Injection
Additional travel vaccinations including typhoid and rabies available on request

Vaccine FAQs

A vaccine is a type of medicine that is able to combat diseases which the body has not come into contact with before, by training the immune system. A vaccine can prevent disease but is not used for treatment after you have caught a disease.

Today, immunisation provided by vaccinations is an essential part of primary health care.

In the UK, a number of vaccinations for infants will be administered at 8, 12 and 16 weeks, and then at 1 year. These vaccinations comprise the immunisation schedule for infants in the UK.

These vaccinations include:

– 6-in-1 – which protects against diphtheria, hepatitis B, hib, polio, tetanus, and whooping cough.

– Hib or MenC – which protects against the haemophilus influenzae bacterium and meningitis C.

– MenB – which protects against sepsis and meningitis.

– MMR – which protects against mumps, measles and rubella.

– PCV jab – which protects against pneumococcal infections that can cause meningitis, pneumonia and sepsis.

– RV jab – which protects against the rotavirus infection that leads to diarrhoea and vomiting.

You might be concerned that vaccinations could weaken your child’s immune system, but this is actually a common misconception. Infants’ immune systems are able to handle their vaccination schedule because they are already exposed to a large number of germs on a daily basis. This means that their immune systems are very capable of coping with multiple vaccinations.

This is something you needn’t be concerned about. Having multiple vaccinations at the same time has been found to be safe for children. There is scientific evidence which shows that getting several vaccinations in one appointment does not lead to chronic health issues.

Your child might have a mild reaction to vaccinations. In most cases, these reactions are swelling at the shot site, redness or tenderness, and are not considered to be serious. In most cases, these reactions are noticeable in the hours after the shot was given, and will dissipate in just a day or two. Serious reactions to vaccinations are rare.

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