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Childrens' health checks

The surgery offers routine child development checks to babies at approximately 6 weeks old. Further routine development checks should take place as below:


when... by...
BirthDoctor (in hospital usually)
6 weeksDoctor in surgery by appointment combined

with postnatal care

8 monthsHealth visitor in child clinic
21 monthsHealth visitor in child clinic
39 monthsHealth visitor in child clinic

Health visitors can provide support to all families with children under the age of 5years.

They can be contacted on:

01582 715 675 for Harpenden

01582 833546 for Wheathampsted.

Children' immunisations

A lot of infectious diseases are preventable by adequate immunisation and the surgery provides the full range of vaccines for childrsyringeen.

Invitations for routine childhood vaccinations are sent to you by the health authority. Please contact the surgery to make an appointment with the practice nurse when you have received your letter.  Please contact the surgery or health visitor to discuss any concerns you may have about vaccinations.

The schedule of vaccinations for children is below:


2, 3 and 4 months Diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis, inactivated, polio, Hib, Men C

and pneumococcal

12 - 15 monthsMMR (measles, mumps and rubella), Hib, Men C and pneumococcal
3 - 5 years Diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis, polio, MMR
13 - 18 yearsDiphtheria, tetanus, polio (usually offered at school)



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