Children's Services

Baby Vaccinations

Invitations for routine childhood vaccinations are sent to you by the health authority. On receipt please contact the surgery to make an appointment with the practice nurse.

Please note immunisations will only be administered if the red book (parent held record) is brought to the appointment. This book contains information on the child's full immunisation history and ensures that your child receives appropriate care.

If the child is brought to an immunisation appointment by some one other than a parent, the carer MUST bring a consent form signed by the parent, listing all the immunisations to be given and the appointment date.

A list of the immunisations and the stages are which they are given are to be found in the child's red book (parent held record).

Leaflets with more information about vaccinations can be obtained from the Health Visitors who are also happy to discuss any queries you may have. If your child receives vaccinations at any other surgery or clinic please inform the surgery so our records can be updated.

Childhood Immunisations

At the surgery you can book your child in for immunisations at a time that suits you with a practice nurse, we do not offer set clinics for vaccinations so we can be as flexible as possible.

The current routine vaccination schedule is:

  • 8 weeks
    • Diptheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, Hib and Hep B (Infanrix hexa - thigh)
    • Pneumococcal (PCV Prevenar13 - thigh)
    • Rotavirus (Rotarix - oral)
    • Meningococcal B (MenB- Bexsero- thigh)
  • 12 weeks
    • Diptheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, Hib and Hep B (Infanrix hexa - thigh)
    • Rotavirus (Rotarix - oral)
  • 16 weeks
    • Diptheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, Hib and Hep B (Infanrix hexa - thigh)
    • Pneumococcal (PCV Prevenar - thigh)
    • Meningococcal B (MenB- Bexsero- thigh)
  • 12-13 months
    • Hib/Men C (Mentorix - upper arm/thigh)
    • Pneumococcal (PCV Prevenar 13 - upper arm/thigh)
    • MMR (Priorix / MMR VaxPro - upper arm/ thigh)
    • Meningococcal B booster (MenB- Bexsero- thigh)
  • From 3 years 4 months
    • Diptheria, tetanus, pertussis and polio (Rep

For more information, including a full explanation of the vaccines and potential side effects please visit NHS Choices.

The Health Visitors

The Health Visiting team is based at the Grove clinic in Southdown- in the car park of the Grove Junior and Infant Schools, Grove Road, Harpenden. 

To contact the team please call: 01582 715675

All children under five are allocated a Health visitor once born or shortly after moving into the area.  The Health Visitor is responsible for contacting you after the birth of your child and for arranging child health assessments and giving advice during the pre-school years. 

You may wish to meet your Health Visitor before having your baby or after moving to Harpenden and to do so please contact their telephone number as above.