Childhood Immunisations in Lambeth

Find out where you can get your child’s routine vaccinations in Lambeth

Protect your child against childhood diseases

Vaccines are the most effective way to prevent many infectious diseases. Getting vaccinated is important for protecting both ourselves and our children from ill health.

Since vaccines were introduced in the UK, diseases like smallpox, polio and tetanus that used to kill or disable millions of people are either gone or are now very rarely seen.

Other diseases like measles and diphtheria have also significantly declined since the introduction of vaccines, with only a few cases reported each year, often linked to travel.

However, if people stop getting vaccinated, it is possible for infectious diseases to return and spread again.

Black girl smiling with plaster on arm from vaccination

Get your children up to date with essential childhood vaccinations

Vaccinations to protect against a range of diseases such as polio, flu, measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) are free of charge and provide vital protection against serious illness and disease. While most children in Lambeth are vaccinated, a few children need to catch up with their routine immunisations.

If your child is not up to date with their vaccinations, we encourage you to attend a vaccination clinic as soon as possible. There are lots of ways you can do this.

All parents and carers can contact their GP surgery at any time to get their children up to date with their vaccinations. If your child is not registered with a GP they are still entitled to free routine vaccinations. Anyone in England can register with a GP practice and see a primary care doctor or nurse for free. You do not need to provide proof of identity, address or of immigration status in order to register with a GP practice. This also applies if you are an asylum seeker, refugee, a homeless patient or an overseas visitor, whether lawfully in the UK or not.

Read more about children’s vaccinations in South East London.

See a full list of childhood NHS vaccinations and when to have them. Please note that in most London Boroughs, including Lambeth, the first dose of MMR vaccine is normally given when your child is 12 months old, and the second when children are aged 18 months.

Children’s measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) and polio vaccine catch-up clinics in Lambeth

Drop in to a catch-up clinic if your child lives in Lambeth, is aged 5 or under and is not up to date with their MMR or polio vaccines. No appointment is needed – just turn up and wait. Location and dates below

MMR all-age catchup clinics

Your child can also receive their MMR vaccination at one of the ‘all-age’ MMR vaccination catchup clinic in a Lambeth library or at Lambeth Civic Centre. This may make it easier for you if you want to get vaccinated at the same time as your child.

Find an all-age MMR vaccination clinic near you.

Join an information workshop for parents and carers at a children’s centre

Specialist nurses are hosting vaccination information question & answer workshops at our children’s centres in Lambeth. This is a perfect opportunity for you to come in, ask any questions you might have, and get informed about childhood immunisations. Please contact the children’s centre directly to get dates and reserve your place.

Get more information about childhood vaccinations

Read more about Lambeth Together’s work to protect the health and wellbeing of children and young people in Lambeth