Routine childhood vaccinations
Your child will be offered a range of vaccinations throughout their childhood from the age of two months to protect them against serious and potentially deadly diseases. Vaccinations are safe and extremely effective.
Find out more about vaccinations and why it's important to protect your child by watching these short videos.
Measles video: Rachel's story on the NHS website
Vaccinations video: Part 1 on the NHS website
Vaccinations video: Part 2 on the NHS website
Baby, pre-school vaccinations
Baby, pre-school vaccinations are due from when your child is two months old to when they start school. Over 97% of parents protect their child by ensuring they have these vaccinations.
Your GP or Practice Nurse gives baby, pre-school vaccinations at your doctor’s surgery. These visits will be free.
If your child was born in Jersey, you'll automatically get a reminder letter in the post when their vaccinations are due.
The table below shows the age when your child will be offered their baby, pre-school vaccinations and the diseases your child will be protected against.
|Age when vaccinations are given||Diseases the vaccinations protect against|
|2 months of age||Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio, Hib disease and Hepatitis B|
|Meningitis B* (MenB)|
|3 months of age ||Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio, Hib disease and Hepatitis B|
|4 months of age||Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio, Hib disease and Hepatitis B|
|Meningitis B* (MenB)|
12 months of age **
(but not before first birthday)
|Measles, mumps and rubella (1st dose)|
|Meningitis B (MenB)|
|Hib disease and Meningitis C|
|2, 3 and 4 year olds|
(annually in October / November)
|Flu (for your convenience, the nasal vaccine is offered via your child's nursery)|
|3 years 4 months of age (or soon after)||Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough) and polio (booster)|
|Measles, mumps and rubella (2nd dose)|
*After your baby has their MenB vaccine at two and four months, it's recommended you give them infant paracetamol. Your GP will give you an information leaflet about paracetamol at your vaccination appointment. Follow the instructions in the leaflet for the correct dose.
**These vaccinations are routinely given together at twelve months of age (as happens in the UK). Some GPs in Jersey may choose to administer these vaccinations over two consultations (that is, your GP may give two injections at twelve months of age and two injections at thirteen months of age and this is also permissible).
Vaccine ingredients on the University of Oxford Vaccine Group website
Children and the flu vaccine
Baby six-week developmental check
Children born outside Jersey
You should register with a GP as soon as you arrive in Jersey. This will help ensure you get a reminder letter when your child's vaccinations are due.
If you've been on the Island less than six months, and don't have a health card, you may have to pay the health insurance contribution (up to £20.28). Check with your GP. It's important you don't delay getting your child protected.
Doctors (GPs) fees, prescriptions and health cards
Changing your address
If you change address, you need to let us know so we can make sure future reminders are sent to your new address. You need to inform:
- your GP and Health Visitor
- your child's school (if your child is of school age)
- the Child Health team on +44 (0) 1534 443741 or you can email them
Email the Child Health team
NHS Choices website
You can find more information about the diseases that the vaccines protect against on the
NHS Choices website:
Diphtheria on the NHS Choices website
Tetanus on the NHS Choices website
Whooping cough on the NHS Choices website
Polio on the NHS Choices website
Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) on the NHS Choices website
Pneumococcal infections on the NHS Choices website
Rotavirus vaccine on the NHS Choices website
Meningitis on the NHS Choices website
Measles on the NHS Choices website
Mumps on the NHS Choices website
Rubella on the NHS Choices website
If you have any questions about childhood vaccination, talk to your Health Visitor or GP.
Alternatively, you can call or email the Immunisation Nurse Specialist.
Tel: +44 (0) 1534 445790
Email the Immunisation Nurse Specialist