Baby and childhood vaccinations
Vaccines are a safe and effective way of protecting your child against harmful infectious diseases. They use the body’s natural defences to build resistance against specific infections and make the immune system stronger.
When to get your baby vaccinated
Your baby should have their first injections at:
- 8 weeks
- 12 weeks
- 16 weeks
- 1 year
Your GP should contact you before the first injection is due, or you can contact them sooner if you have questions and want further advice.
For more information on vaccinations, visit the NHS website.
Measles is a very contagious disease that can make children seriously unwell if they’re not fully vaccinated. Cases are increasing in London and England.
2 doses of the MMR vaccine is the only protection against the most severe forms of measles. MMR is safe, effective and free on the NHS.
For the best protection, all children need 2 doses of the vaccine:
- age 1 year, first dose
- age 3 years and 4 months, second dose
but it’s never too late to catch up.
It’s really important to check that your child is up to date with their measles vaccinations. Look in their Red Book to check they have had two doses of MMR. If you’re not sure, or to book a free vaccine appointment, contact your GP.
If your child is aged 16 or under you can also book a free vaccine appointment by calling the School Aged Immunisations Service on 020 3317 5076 from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.