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Child Immunisation Programme in Northern Ireland

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:

  • polio
  • diphtheria
  • tetanus
  • whooping cough (pertussis)
  • Hib
  • meningococcal group C
  • measles
  • mumps
  • rubella (German measles)

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