You will receive a letter from the Health Visitor inviting you to make an appointment for your child’s immunisations when they are due. If you have any questions regarding the immunisation programme or would like some further information, please contact the Health Visiting Team on 260 - 9222. You will also find full guidelines to immunisations at the Heath Clinic.


Childhood Immunisations:

When to Immunise
Diseases protected against
Vaccine Given
2 months old
Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio, and Haemophilus Influenzae type b (Hib)​
Pneumococcal disease​ PCV​
Rotavirus​ Rotavirus vaccine​
Meningococcal type B (MenB)​ MenB​
3 months old​ Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio and Hib​ DTaP/IPV/Hib​
Meningococcal type C (MenC)​ MenC​
Rotavirus​ Rotavirus vaccine​
4 months old​ Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio and Hib​ DTaP/IPV/Hib​
Pneumococcal disease​ PCV​
Meningococcal type B (MenB)​ MenB​
Between 12 and 13 months old - within a month of the first birthday​ ​ hib and meningococcal type C​ Hib/MenC​
Pneumococcal disease​ PCV​
Measles, mumps and rubella (German Measles)​ MMR​
Meningococcal type B (MenB)​ MenB​
2 to 11 years - annually​ Influenza (flu)​ Flu vaccine​
3 years 4 months old or soon after​ ​ Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and polio​ dTaP/IPV or DTaP/IPV​
Measles, mumps and rubella​ MMR (check first dose has been given)​
Girls aged 11 to 13 years old​ Cervical cancer caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) types 16 and 18​ HPV vaccine​
Around 14 years old​ Tetanus, diptheria and polio​ Td/IPV, and check MMR status​
Meningococcal types ACWY​ MenACWY​


Flu Vaccinations:

Around October each year, NHS Lothian starts their annual flu vaccination programme. If you are 65 years or over, or you suffer from one of the following chronic diseases you will be eligible for a free flu vaccination.

  • Serious chronic respiratory disease and asthma that requires continuous or repeated use of inhaled or systemic steroids or with previous exacerbations requiring hospital admission
  • Serious heart conditions
  • Severe kidney or liver disease
  • Diabetes requiring medication
  • Lowered immunity due to disease or treatment such as steroid medication or cancer treatment
  • Problems with the spleen, either because the spleen has been removed (asplenia) or doesn't work properly, e.g. sickle cell disease
  • If you are not sure about your health or need further advice, please speak to your GP, Practice Nurse or Pharmacist.

If you are aged 65 years or over you will receive a letter inviting you to contact the surgery to make your appointment. All other eligible patients should contact the surgery in October to make an appointment. The flu vaccination programme will run until February.


Pneumococcal Vaccinations:

If you are aged 65 years or over you are eligible for a free pneumococcal vaccination. Pneumococcus is a bacterium which can cause serious illness, such as pneumonia and meningitis. Young children under 2 years old and people over 65 have a higher chance of becoming unwell with pneumococcal infection.

However, older people are more likely to suffer serious long term health consequences, including death from pneumococcal infection. Children under the age of 2 are now offered pneumococcal vaccination as part of the routine childhood immunisation programme.

Your Health Visitor will advise you on this. Patients aged over 65 can request a pneumococcal vaccination when they are having their annual flu jab. The pneumococcal vaccination lasts for up to 10 years. Please speak to your GP, Practice Nurse, Health Visitor or Pharmacist for further information.

Last Reviewed: 04/11/2015