Alternative baby vaccine schedule

Some parents may wish to investigate an alternative baby vaccine schedule to that offered by the NHS. Following consultation with one of our nurses, we can advise on an alternative schedule which parents find more suitable to their requirements.

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Seasonal flu vaccinations

1: Flu vaccinations for 2022-2023 season

2: QIVe vaccine suitable from 6 months of age

3: QIVr vaccine suitable for 18 – 65+

Based in Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands

Flu vaccination appointments for the 2022-2023 season will be available for adults and children at The Oakley Partnership private medical practice in Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, from September 2023.

There are currently 6 vaccines approved by PHE. We will be stocking the Sanofi QIVe vaccine, suitable from 6 months of age, and the Sanofi Supemtek QIVr, suitable for 18 years of age and above, including 65+.

The flu vaccine is administered by an experienced registered nurse in a clinical environment. You can choose a date and time to fit in with your own schedule and will be given enough time to ask any questions you may have.

You will not catch the flu from the vaccine as it does not contain a live viral strain. The vaccine will stimulate your immune system into producing antibodies that will fight the virus if you become infected. This production of antibodies may cause a mild temperature increase or slight muscle ache, but this will pass in a couple of days.

This vaccine will take around 10 days to become effective and needs to be repeated annually to maintain protection.

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MMR vaccine

The MMR vaccine gives protection against three serious diseases: measles, mumps and rubella. These were common diseases, and people contracted them usually during childhood. Before vaccination was introduced, although most people survived the diseases, some were left with long-term effects, disability or even death.

The vaccine can be given safely at the same time as other vaccines in the schedule (see the whole UK routine schedule for details of the other vaccines). It is a combination vaccine, which reduces the number of injections a child needs. Read more about combination and multiple vaccinations and why these are not a risk to your baby’s immune system.

Occupational health and travel vaccination

The MMR vaccine is also given to health workers and travellers who might risk exposure through their work or travel to certain countries.

MMR vaccines contain live measles, mumps and rubella viruses that have been weakened (attenuated). These stimulate the immune system but do not cause disease in healthy

The MMR vaccine is also given to health workers and travellers who might risk exposure through their work or travel to certain countries.

MMR vaccines contain live measles, mumps and rubella viruses that have been weakened (attenuated). These stimulate the immune system but do not cause disease in healthy people. However, the MMR vaccine should not be given to people who are clinically immunosuppressed.

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TB (BCG) from birth to adult

Although not a routine vaccination, the BCG is recommended for anyone over 16 who is likely to spend a long period of time at home or abroad, in areas where they may be exposed to tuberculosis, or at risk of occupational exposure such as laboratory or healthcare workers.

It should be remembered that some strains of TB are resistant to treatment.

TB is a serious infection that affects the lungs and sometimes other parts of the body, such as the bones, joints and kidneys. It can also cause Meningitis.

Before receiving the BCG vaccine, we carry out a Mantoux skin test for anyone over the age of 6 or a QuantiFERON Gold blood test to check whether it is safe for you to have the BCG vaccine. This determines whether you have already been infected or have an active form of the disease.

Chickenpox vaccination

Chickenpox is a highly contagious and infectious disease caused by the Varicella Zoster virus. Though common, it is not always a trivial and insignificant childhood illness and can lead to more critical conditions.

It has an incubation period of up to three weeks from contact with the virus. It is infectious from 2 days before the spots appear until after they have crusted over, usually 5 days after they first appear.

The disease can result in significant loss of income for parents who need to take time off work to care for infected children unable to attend school, as well as causing misery for the affected child.

It is much more severe in adults who did not have chickenpox in childhood and can be especially dangerous in pregnancy for both mother and baby.

A safe and highly effective vaccine against chickenpox has been available since 1995. The vaccine provides long-term protection and can prevent infections from developing in those who have not previously had chickenpox if given soon enough after exposure.

We can offer these vaccinations to babies from 9 months of age, children and adults. Two doses are required and are given 6 – 8 weeks apart.

Healthcare employers often require proof of vaccination if proof of immunity is unavailable.

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HPV Vaccinations

HPV is a common transmissible disease which can lead to the development of anogenital cancers in both males and females. The vaccine is licensed from the age of 9.

1: Ages 9 years and up

2: Available for males and females

Based in Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands


An HPV vaccine is available to a limited demographic via the NHS. However, for most patients, this is not provided on the NHS.

We are happy to be able to offer these vaccinations to both male and female patients. It is given as a two-dose schedule for patients aged from 9 years of age.

Contact The Oakley Medical Practice today to arrange an appointment for HPV vaccinations.

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Measles and Rubella vaccinations

Combined or single-dose vaccinations suited to your child’s individual needs.

Based in Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands


Measles is a highly contagious viral infection commonly found in children. It is spread by coughing or sneezing, close personal contact, or direct contact with nasal or throat secretions.

Although measles has become relatively rare since the introduction of measles immunisation, it has become more prevalent due to a failure in the uptake of the MMR vaccination.

If you would prefer your child to receive single-dose vaccinations (currently unavailable on the NHS), you can arrange them privately to suit your child’s individual needs.

Two doses of the Measles vaccine are required for complete protection; the first is given from 12 months of age, with the second given at least 12 months after the first.

It is common to give the combined measles-rubella vaccine as one of the doses to ensure recommended levels of protection for both Measles and Rubella (German Measles).

Rubella (German Measles) is generally thought to be a mild disease, although complications can arise, especially during pregnancy, so adequate protection is strongly advised for both boys and girls.

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Meningitis vaccination

Meningococcal disease occurs because of a bacterial infection, which can be life-threatening and may lead to serious side effects as a result of the infection.

The incidence of meningococcal disease is highest in children under five years of age, with a peak incidence in those under one year of age. There is a smaller secondary peak in incidence in 15–19-year-olds. The infection is fatal in 5%-10% of cases, and survivors may develop severe long-term complications, including hearing loss, severe visual impairment, communication problems, limb amputation(s), seizures, and brain damage.

There are many strains of Meningitis, and vaccination is available for protection against Meningitis A, B, C, W, and Y. Vaccination is available to eligible patients through the NHS. For those patients who are not eligible, vaccination is available privately.

Meningitis vaccination is often required for travel to some parts of the world, especially the Middle East, for the Hajj pilgrimage. This is generally NOT available through the NHS but can be sourced privately.

We currently provide vaccinations against Pneumococcal Meningitis, Meningitis B and Meningitis A, C, W and Y.

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Shingles vaccination

Shingles is a painful, blistering rash that can appear around one side of the body or face. It can lead to longstanding pain and debility, and if it occurs on the face, it can lead to blindness.

When you contract chickenpox as a child, the virus (varicella zoster) stays dormant in the nervous system. It can become reactivated if the immune system is weakened due to illness or simply as part of the ageing process.

If you are aged 70+, you may be eligible to receive this vaccine from your NHS GP.

A vaccine is available privately for patients aged 50+, which offers protection against shingles and helps prevent post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN), which can be extremely painful and hard to treat.

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Occupational Health Vaccines

For those working within a broad spectrum of healthcare or those in contact with hazardous waste, it may be necessary to prove immunisation against occupationally acquired infection. If you need to ensure you are protected, you can book a consultation and, where necessary, arrange for inoculations.



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Varicella ( Chicken pox)

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