Helping to protect your child from childhood diseases

A vaccine is a biological preparation that improves immunity to a particular disease. Childhood immunisations are important because they help to protect your child from diseases they may be prone to at different stages of their life.

A vaccine typically contains an agent that resembles a disease-causing microorganism. It’s often made from weakened or killed forms of the microbe, its toxins or one of its surface proteins. The agent stimulates the body’s immune system to recognise the agent as foreign. The body will know to destroy it and “remember” it. This in turn helps the immune system easily recognise and destroy any of these microorganisms that it later encounters.

Basuto Medical Centre can provide a number of vaccinations for children. We have detailed these below.



8 weeks

12 weeks

16 weeks

1 year

2 to 9 years (including children in reception class and school years 1 to 5)

3 years and 4 months

  • Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine (second dose)

  • 4-in-1 pre-school booster. This is given as a single jab. It contains vaccines against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough (pertussis) and polio

12-13 years (girls only)

  • HPV vaccine. This protects against cervical cancer. Two injections are given 6-12 months apart

14 years

  • 3-in-1 teenage booster. Given as a single jab containing vaccines against diphtheria, tetanus and polio

  • MenACWY vaccine. Given as a single jab containing vaccines against meningitis A, C, W and Y

    For more information on childhood immunisations, please feel free to get in touch. Alternatively, you can book an appointment by clicking on the button below.