Missed Vaccines: What to Do When Your Child’s Immunisation Schedule Gets Delayed

September 14, 2023

Missed Vaccines: What to Do When Your Child’s Immunisation Schedule Gets Delayed

When it comes to our children’s health, we all strive to do the best we can. However, sometimes life happens, and we might find ourselves missing a few appointments, including vital vaccine schedules. Don’t panic, Childhealthy is here to answer your questions and guide you through the next steps.

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I’ve missed my child’s vaccine appointment. Is this okay?

While it’s crucial to follow the recommended vaccine schedule to protect your child from preventable diseases, occasional delays can happen. It’s not ideal, but don’t worry, it can be rectified. Your child can still receive the missed vaccines.

What should I do if a vaccine dose gets delayed?

If you realise a vaccine dose has been missed, contact your GP or health visitor as soon as possible. They will guide you on rescheduling the missed dose or adjusting the vaccine schedule.

Will my child need to restart the entire vaccine series if we miss one dose?

No, your child doesn’t need to restart the whole series. They can resume from where they left off. The missed dose can be administered at the next visit.

Tip 1: Keep a Record

Maintain a dedicated health diary or use an app to track your child’s immunisation dates. This way, you’ll have a handy reminder for each vaccine due. To note, different countries have different methods of recording these vaccines e.g. in England this is the baby red book.

Tip 2: Make Immediate Contact

If a scheduled vaccine is missed, don’t delay. Reach out to your healthcare provider right away to reschedule.

Tip 3: Grouped Vaccinations

If your child has missed multiple vaccines, your healthcare provider may suggest certain vaccines to be given together at different times to catch up. This ensures your child gets protected as soon as possible.

Tip 4: Maintain Regular Check-ups

Regular health check-ups help to monitor your child’s health and ensure their vaccine schedule is on track.

Remember, vaccination is a key part of ensuring your child’s healthy growth and development, protecting them from serious illnesses. If a dose is missed, it’s crucial to act quickly and get back on track.

Always here to guide you through your child health queries, until next time, keep those health records updated and stay on top of your appointments!

Where To Get Children’s Vaccines

All children are eligible to receive vaccines for free through their GP. Some vaccines, such as the Chickenpox vaccineinfluenza vaccine (under 2 years), BCG, hepatitis a, and travel vaccines are not available for all children via the UK immunisation schedule. Childhealthy offers all vaccinations to protect your child including all those on the UK immunisation schedule and international schedules. Take a look at the list of vaccinations that we offer.

Our booking process is very straightforward.  Please contact us via the contact page on our website or book online, and we can book your child in for vaccination at a time that suits you.





Disclaimer: Information contained in this article is intended as general advice and does not replace a medical assessment. If you are concerned about your child, please contact your doctor for advice.


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