Lifesaving jabs:A Cutout-and-Keep Guide for Parents
Byline: DR MARK PORTER
The current immunisation schedule starts eight weeks after a baby isborn - whether or not they were born prematurely - and ends with a boosterbefore leaving school. No further boosters are required except in specialcircumstances, such as travel to high-risk areas where there is limited accessto modern medical facilities. Always check with your GP or practice nurse atleast six weeks before departure.
?At two months: Two injections. A combination jab offers protection againstdiphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio and Haemophilus influenza (Hib) - acommon cause of severe infections and meningitis in children aged under five.There is also a pneumococcal jab to protect against a bacterium that causespneumonia and meningitis.
?At three months: Two more injections. A second booster jab for diphtheria,tetanus, whooping cough, polio and Hib. In addition, the first meningitis Cjab.
?At four months: Three injections, this time all boosters. One for diphtheria,tetanus, whooping cough, polio and Hib. Plus one each for pneumococcus andmeningitis C.
?Around the child's first birthday: Three more jabs. …