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Baby / child immunisations

From 6 January 2014 the routine childhood immunisation schedule will include a vaccine to protect babies against rotavirus infection.

Routine baby and childhood immunisations

Your baby / child will be offered a range of vaccinations between the ages of 2 months and 14 years. It is very important that your child is registered for the immunisation programme so that they don't miss any vaccinations.

You should visit your GP surgery for baby and childhood immunisations.

These visits will be free of charge.This also applies to the six-week developmental check for babies. 

Baby six-week developmental check

Immunisation programme

The table below shows the age at which babies / children are offered various immunisations.

​When to immunise ​Diseases being protected against ​How vaccine is given
​8 weeks 
(1st primary)
​Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio, Haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib) ​1 injection (Pediacel)
​Pneumoccol infection ​1 injection (Prevenar)
​Rotavirus ​By mouth (Rotarix)
12 weeks 
(2nd primary)​ ​ ​
​Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio, Haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib) ​1 injection (Pediacel)
​Meningtis C ​1 injection (Menjugate or Neis Vac-C)
​Rotavirus ​By mouth (rotarix)
16 weeks 
(3rd primary)​ ​
​Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio, Haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib) ​1 injection (Pediacel)
​Pneumococcal infection ​1 injection (Prevenar)
Between 12 and 13 months of age ​ ​Haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib) and Meningitis C booster ​1 injection (Menitorix)
​Pneumococcal infection booster ​1 injection (Prevenar)
​Measles / mumps / ruebella (1st dose) ​1 injection (Priorix or MMR Vaxpro)
3 years, 4 months (or soon after)​ ​ ​Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio booster ​1 injection (Repevax or Infanrix-IPV)
​Measles / mumps / rubella (2nd dose) ​1 injection (Priorix or MMR VaxPRO)

Injections given in school

​Age ​Gender ​School year ​Diseases being protected against ​How vaccine is given
​12 to​ 13 ​Girls Year 8​ ​Cervical cancer caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) types 16 and 18 ​3 separate injections of Gardasil given over a 6 month period
​13 to 14 ​ ​Boys and girls ​ ​Year 9 ​ ​Tetanus, diphtheria, polio booster ​1 injection (Revaxis)
​Meningitis C booster (from Sept 2013)* ​1 injection (Meningitec, Manjugate or Neis Vac-C)
Table updated December 2013

*If a child has received a MenC dose since reaching 10 years of age the booster in school year 9 is not required.​​

If you have questions regarding childhood immunisation, please talk to your health visitor or general practitioner (GP). Alternatively you can contact the Immunisation Nurse Specialist.​

Register your child for the immunisation programme

If your baby was born in Jersey your child will be registered by the maternity unit on the child health computer system. You will be sent a reminder letter by post when an immunisation visit is due.

Bab​y born outside of Jersey

If your baby / child was born outside of Jersey, you should register with a GP as soon as you arrive in Jersey. Your GP surgery will notify the child health team that you are living in Jersey and you will be sent a reminder letter when any immunisations are due.

Immunisations already received in the UK / elsewhere

Register with a GP as soon as you arrive in Jersey. Take your parent held record (red book) or any immunisation records to your when you first attend. 

Your GP will tell you if your child needs any further immunisations. They will also notify the child health team that you are living in Jersey and you will be sent a reminder letter when any immunisations are due.

Change of address

Make sure that both your GP and health visitor are aware of your child’s new address (and your contact telephone numbers). Your GP or health visitor will inform the child health team of your child’s new address to make sure immunisation reminders reach you.​

Immunisation appointments

Taking your child to your GP surgery to be immunised is free.​

The Health and Social Services department will pay your GP for the immunisation visits and for the vaccines when your child is aged two, three, four, 12 months old and 3 years, 4 months old, even if you have been on the Island less than 6 months.

However, if you have been in Jersey less than 6 months and you do not have a valid health card, your GP will not be able to claim the health insurance rebate from Social Security on your behalf so may pass that cost on to you. Please check with your GP. 

Y​ou will receive a reminder letter in the post when your child is due their immunisations.​​

School age immunisations

The vaccinations for school age children are free and given in school by the school nurses. If you or your child have any worries, please discuss this with the Immunisation Nurse Specialist or with the school nurses. 

G​irls are offered immunisations in year eight, boys and girls in year nine. Girls and boys are also offered the booster of diphtheria / tetanus / polio in year nine.

Girls are also offered the HPV vaccine to protect against cervical cancer.

You will receive information about these immunisations and a consent form to complete when they are due.

If you want to take your children for these vaccines at your GP instead you'll need to make special arrangements with your GP. It is likely that your GP practice will charge you for the consultations. Your GP should also charge you for the HPV (cervical screening) vaccination.​​



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