Primary childhood immunisation programme since September 2008


Since September 1st 2008 the new schedule of the national childhood immunisation programme has been implemented. This programme will help protect children against pneumococcal disease and hepatitis B infection in addition to the other diseases for which vaccines have been provided for many years.

The changes to programme include;

  • Introduction of a hepatitis B vaccine (as part of a 6 in 1 vaccine) given at 2, 4, 6 months of age
  • Introduction of two doses of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine given at 2 and 6 months of age, with a booster at 12 months of age (at the same time as MMR vaccine)
  • Change in timing of Meningococcal C vaccination (MenC), now given at 4 and 6 months of age, with a booster at 13 months
  • Change in timing of the Hib booster vaccination, now given at 13 months, at the same time as the MenC vaccine.

Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine catch-up campaign
The pneumococcal conjugate vaccine catch-up programme is targeting children born between September 2nd 2006 and June 30th 2008.

The table below shows how many doses these children will require and at what age they should bring their child to their GP for vaccination. Parents should contact their GP or practice nurse to arrange an appointment for their child.

Table 2. Number of pneumococcal vaccinations required for children by date of birth and time for vaccination (


Date of Birth   Number of doses required  When to vaccinate
2/9/06-31/7/07 1 Before 31st January 2009
1/8/07-29/2/08  1  13 months of age
1/3/08-30/6/08   2  6 months and 13 months