Vaccination Schedules

Its not until you have a child that you start looking at the vaccination schedules and so I thought I would cover the different schedules. I was shocked to learn that the US now vaccinates for the chicken pox?!?!

Vaccination Schedules

There are some differences in the way that the UK vaccinates compared to the US. One thing is they do not offer the chickenpox vaccine free on the NHS. Only children, pregnant women, the elderly people and high risk people get the flu vaccine. It is not advantageous for you to get the flu vaccine both on and off base as it is the same because the vaccine is based on hemispheres and not countries. The list below is current as of June 2015.

UK                                                                                                                 US

2 months
  • 5-in-1 vaccine (diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough 
  • (pertussis), polio and Haemophilus influenzae type b)
  • Pneumococcal vaccine
  • Rotavirus vaccine
3 months
  • Men C vaccine
  • 5-in-1 vaccine (2nd dose)
  • Rotavirus vaccine (second dose)
4 months
  • 5-in-1 vaccine (3rd dose)
  • Pneumococcal vaccine (2nd dose)
12-13 months
  • MMR vaccine
  • Hib/Men C booster vaccine
  • Pneumococcal vaccine (3rd dose)

2, 3 and 4 years plus school years one and two

  • Children's flu vaccine (annual)

From 3 years and 4 months (up to starting school)

  • Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine, second dose
  • 4-in-1 (DTaP/IPV) pre-school booster, given as a single jab containing vaccines against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough (pertussis) and polio

Around 12-13 years (girls only)

  • HPV vaccine, which protects against cervical cancer  two injections given between six months and 2 years apart

Around 13-18 years

  • 3-in-1 (Td/IPV) teenage booster, given as a single jab and contains vaccines against diphtheria, tetanus and polio

Around 13-15 years

  • Meningitis C booster

18-25 years

  • Men C vaccine for students

  • Hepatitis B (first dose)

1 month

  • Hep B (second dose)

2 months

  • Rotavirus vaccine (first dose)
  • Diphtheria, tetanus and Acellar Pertussis (first dose)
  • Haemophilus influenza (first dose)
  • Pneumococcal vaccine (first dose)
  • Inactivated polio virus (first dose)

4 months

  • Rotavirus vaccine (second dose)
  • Diphtheria, tetanus and Acellar Pertussis (second dose)
  • Haemophilus influenza (second dose)
  • Pneumococcal vaccine (second dose)
  • Inactivated polio virus (second dose)

6 months

  • Hep B (third dose)
  • Rotavirus vaccine (third dose)
  • Diphtheria, tetanus and Acellar Pertussis (third dose)
  • Haemophilus influenza (third dose)
  • Pneumococcal vaccine (third dose)
  • Inactivated polio virus (third dose)

12 months

  • Haemophilus influenza (fourth dose)
  • Pneumococcal vaccine (fourth dose)
  • MMR vaccine (first dose)
  • Varicella (first dose)
  • Hepatitis A

15 months 

  • Diphtheria, tetanus and Acellar Pertussis (fourth dose)

4-6 years old

  • Diphtheria, tetanus and Acellar Pertussis (fifth dose)
  • MMR vaccine (second dose)
  • Varicella (second dose)
  • Inactivated polio virus (fourth dose)

11-12 years old

  • Tdap vaccine
  • HPV vaccine
  • Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine (first dose)

16-18 years old

  • Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine (booster)

All the Best!

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