During the Childhood Immunisation Programme in Northern Ireland, a baby usually has its first vaccination at 8 weeks old. This will be given at a GP surgery.
It takes a number of injections to fully protect the child so it is important to complete the course. If vaccinations have been missed the child can still catch up, even after a long gap. They do not have to start the course again. The nidirect website contains the UK’s immunisation schedule.
In Northern Ireland, the diseases for which immunisation is offered include:
- whooping cough (pertussis)
- meningococcal group C
- rubella (German measles)