Calendar of vaccinations


There are some differences in the dates certain vaccinations are given in in France and other countries so if your child was born outside France you will need to compare their vaccination records (which hopefully you still have!) to the French system in order to make up any gaps. 
For adults, just pick up the French system at whatever age you arrive.

Obligatory vaccinations: (vaccins)

diphtheria (dipthérie) and tetanus (tétanos)

The first vaccination at two months and the booster at 18 months are obligtory.

polio - poliomyélite

The first vaccination at two months and boosters up to the age of 13 are obligatory.

Obligatory vaccinations are reimbursed by your social security – la Sécurité sociale aka the sécu.
NB - it is up to parents to ensure children receive their vaccinations - you will not necessarily get reminders. Remember also, that you will need an appointment with your GP to get a prescription for the vaccine which you then need to buy at the chemist before returning to your GP for the actual injection.

Recommended vaccinations:

BCG (tuberculosis) - 100% reimbursed by the Sécu

coquelouche - whooping cough –100% reimbursed by the Sécu

rougeole -  measles - 100% reimbursed by the Sécu up to age 17

oreillons – mumps – 100% reimbursed by the Sécu up to age 13

haemophilus type b (covers 8 out of 10 meningitis bacterias) –  100% reimbursed

méningites à méningocoque C - rarer meningitis bacteria - 
reimbursed in areas where it is officially recommended 

As in the UK, teenage girls are now routinely offered vaccination against cervical cancer, Papillomavirus humains (HPV). Ideally, this is given at 14 but can be given up to the age of 23 so long as the girl/woman is not yet sexually active

Here is the full calendar, by age, of vaccinations in France


At Birth
BCG : for children deemed at risk from tuberculosis.
This vaccination can be given up to thé âge of 15yrs
Hépatite B : babies whose mother is a carrier are vaccinated within 24 hours of birth with boosters at 1 and 6 months and a test between 7 and 12 months. 

At 2 months
Diphtérie, tétanos, poliomyélite, coqueluche (whooping cough), Haemophilus influenzae b (HIB): 1st injection.
Hépatite B: 1st injection.
Pneumococcique, Pn7 (Streptococcus pneumoniae): 1st injection.
At 3 months
Diphtérie, tétanos, poliomyélite, coqueluche (whooping cough), Haemophilus influenzae b (HIB): 2nd injection.
Pneumococcique, Pn7 (Streptococcus pneumoniae): extra injection only for babies deemed at increased risk of infection.  
At 4 months
Diphtérie, tétanos, poliomyélite, coqueluche (whooping cough), Haemophilus influenzae b (HIB): 3rd injection.
Hépatite B: 2nd injection.
Pneumococcique, Pn7 (Streptococcus pneumoniae): 2nd injection. (3rd for those at higher risk.)
At 9 months
Rougeole, oreillons, rubéole, ROR (this is the MMR: measles, mumps and rubella, aka German measles): 1st dose, only for breast-feeding babies being cared for with other children, in which case a 2nd dose is recommended between 12 and 15 months.
At 12 months
Rougeole, oreillons, rubéole ROR, (MMR): 1st dose. (2nd dose at least 1 month after the first and if possible before 24 months.) 
Pneumococcique, Pn7 (Streptococcus pneumoniae) : 3rd injection. (4th for those at increased risk) 
Between 12 et 15 months
Rougeole, oreillons, rubéole, ROR/MMR : 2nd dose for those who hd the first dose at 9 months. 
Between 13 and 24 months
Rougeole, oreillons, rubéole (ROR/MMR) : 2nd dose.
Between 16 and 18 months
Diphtérie, tétanos, poliomyélite, coqueluche (whooping cough), Haemophilus influenzae b (HIB): 4th injection (ie first booster).
Hépatite B: 3rd injection.
At 6 years
Diphtérie, tétanos, poliomyélite: booster.
Between 11 and 13 years
Diphtérie, tétanos, poliomyélite et coqueluche (whooping cough): booster.
Hépatite B : 3 injections for those who did not have the vaccination when they were little. The second should be given one month after the first and the third between 5 and 12 months after the second. 
At 14 years
Papillomavirus humains (HPV) - vaccination against cervical cancer for girls.
Between 15 and 23 years
Papillomavirus humains (HPV, cervical cancer): for those who did not get vaccinated at 14, but only effective for girls/women who are not yet sexually active or within 12 months of their first sexual relations. 
Between 16 and 18 years, and then every ten years
Diphtérie, tétanos, poliomyélite : booster.
Coqueluche (whooping cough): for adolescents who didn't have their booster between 11 and 13.
18 years onwards
Diphtérie, tétanos, poliomyélite: booster every 10 years.
Rubéole (rebella) for women of childbearing age who were not vaccinated when young.
Coqueluche (whooping cough): for adults likely to become parents who haven't had a booster for over ten years. 
Between 26 and 28 years
Coqueluche (whooping cough): for adults who have not had a booster for over ten years.
From 65 years
Annual flu vaccination. 

2 comments:

  1. Hello I'm wondering what the situation is if you choose not to vaccinate your children?

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    1. You need to present up to date vaccination certificates (for the obligatory vaccinations) to schools and also for some extra curricular activities. But only two are obligatory - in my experience it is the tetanus that schools check up on most.

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