Routine childhood vaccinations
Your child will be offered a range of vaccinations throughout their childhood from the age of 8 weeks, 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 and pre-school vaccinations
Baby and pre-school vaccinations are due from when your child is 8 weeks old to when they start school. Over 95% of parents protect their child by ensuring they have these vaccinations.
Your GP or Practice Nurse gives baby and pre-school vaccinations at your doctor’s surgery. These visits are free.
If your child was born in Jersey, you'll get a reminder letter in the post when their 8-week vaccinations are due.
The table below shows the age when your child will be offered their baby and pre-school vaccinations, and the diseases your child will be protected against.
From time to time, the vaccination doses and timings change in Jersey (as in the UK) to reflect updated evidence and national guidance.
The table below shows the vaccinations offered to babies born on or after 1 January 2020.
If your baby was born on or before 31 December 2019, refer to your baby's Red Book for the list of vaccinations they will receive and the timings.
Both courses of vaccinations are safe and effective.
|Age when vaccinations are given||Diseases the vaccinations protect against|
|8 weeks of age||Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio, Hib disease and Hepatitis B|
|Meningitis B* (MenB)|
|12 weeks of age ||Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio, Hib disease and Hepatitis B|
|16 weeks of age||Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio, Hib disease and Hepatitis B |
|Meningitis B* (MenB)|
1 year old **
(but not before first birthday)
|Measles, mumps and rubella (1st dose)|
|Meningitis B (MenB)|
|Hib disease and Meningitis C|
2, 3 and 4 years of age
(annually, ahead of winter)
|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 8 weeks and 16 weeks, it's recommended you give them infant paracetamol. Your GP will provide information about paracetamol at your vaccination appointment. Follow the instructions for the correct dose.
**These vaccinations are routinely given together at one year old. Some GPs choose to administer these vaccinations over 2 consultations. That means that your GP gives 2 injections at one year old and 2 injections at thirteen months of age.
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
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
Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) on the NHS Choices website
Pneumococcal infections on the NHS Choices website
Measles on the NHS Choices website
Meningitis on the NHS Choices website
Mumps on the NHS Choices website
Polio on the NHS website
Rotavirus vaccine on the NHS Choices website
Rubella on the NHS Choices website
Tetanus on the NHS Choices website
Whooping cough on the NHS Choices website
If you have any questions about childhood vaccination, talk to your Health Visitor or GP.
You can also email the Immunisation Nurse Specialist or call them on +44 (0) 1534 445790.