The NHS vaccination schedule
Checklist of the vaccines that are routinely offered to everyone in the UK on the NHS, including the ages at which they should ideally be given is available on the NHS website.
If you’re not sure whether you or your child have had all your routine vaccinations, ask your GP or practice nurse to find out for you. It may be possible to ‘catch up’ later in life.
Try to make sure you or your child have vaccinations delivered on time to ensure protection against serious communicable diseases.
If you’re going to be away from the GP surgery when a vaccination is due, talk to your doctor. It may be possible to arrange for vaccination at a different location.
MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) Vaccine
In South East London, we encourage all children to have their second dose of MMR by the time they are two years old.
This is safe to do and importantly it helps to keep your children and others in our community safe from any potential measles outbreaks in South East London.
The national schedule for the delivery of MMR second dose is by 3 years 4 months. However here in Southwark, we aim to speed up the delivery of second dose to help keep everyone as safe and healthy as possible.
Evidence shows that after two weeks of receiving a second dose of MMR your child will be 99% protected from getting measles and rubella and 88% protected from getting mumps. Plus if they do get mumps the risk of serious complications are significantly reduced.
If you have any questions do contact us and we can arrange for a clinician to speak with you.
Find out more about the MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) Vaccine.
In 1915 the single leading cause of death of 1 to 4 year old children in the UK was measles, 11,498 children died. In 2015 the single leading cause of death was a brain tumour, killing fewer than 20 children (see Office for National Statistics).
Travel Immunisations and Advice
Our Practice Nurses are available for Travel Advice and Immunisations. An appointment should be made at least 6 weeks prior to travel.