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 NI Direct 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)