Vaccines are the most effective way of protecting against serious infections. All children should be given the vaccines within the UK vaccine schedule unless advised by a health care professional with expertise in immunisations.
True allergies to vaccines are rare in children. Any child with suspected allergy to a vaccine should be referred to a specialist paediatric centre for investigation.
Unless children have been in intensive care because of egg allergy they can also be given the ‘flu vaccine in the GP surgery.
Fever lasting up to 48 hours may occur after the new MenB vaccine (Bexsero). A dose of paracetamol should be given just prior to this vaccine and two further doses given over the next 24 hours.
Any infant under 12 months suspected of having an immune deficiency (SCID, STAT2 deficiency, DiGeorge syndrome with very low lymphocytes), which may contraindicate live vaccines should be referred to a specialist paediatric centre for investigation.