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Health is founded already in pregnancy and develops throughout childhood. Thw Danish Health Authority works to strengthen children's and young people's health, and well-being from pregnancy and birth to adulthood.

Growing up healthy

We all want our children to be healthy and happy. Whether you are new to this country or not, you will find useful guidance in the following publications.


A healthy start to life

Health Guidelines for Parents with small Children

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Healthy children in a new country: 0-2 years

(Also available in Arabic, Farsi, Polish, Rumanian and Somali via this page)


Strengthening your child’s motor skills, and:

Recommendations for physical activity - infants younger than 1 year old

Recommendations for physical activity - children 1-4 years old

Encourage your child to be active: 0-4 years 

(Also available in Arabic, Farsi and Somali via this page)


Fortunately Sudden Infant Death Syndrome’ (SIDS) is a very rare occurrence in Denmark. Learn more in:

Prevent SIDS - and the development of head deformities

(Also available in Arabic, Farsi, Somali, Turkish and Urdu via this page)



The Danish Childhood Vaccination Programme recommends vaccinating your child against diseases that may be serious and cause permanent injury and, in the worst case, be fatal. 

The purpose of the vaccination programme is to protect not only your child but also other children. If your child is vaccinated, it cannot pass the infection on another child.

The Danish childhood vaccination programme protects your child against the following ten diseases:
  • Diphtheria
  • Tetanus
  • Whooping cough (pertussis)
  • Polio
  • Meningitis and epiglottitis caused by Haemophilus influenza type b (Hib)
  • Meningitis and other serious diseases caused by pneumococci
  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • RubellaCervical cancer and other HPV related cancers

The vaccinations are free of charge, and participation is voluntary. 


Age  Vaccination against
 3 months   Diphteria-tetanus-pertussis-polio-Hib 1 og PCV-12
 5 months1   Diphteria-tetanus-pertussis-polio-Hib 2 og PCV-22
 12 months1   Diphteria-tetanus-pertussis-polio-Hib 3 og PCV-32
 15 months  MMR 1
 4 years1  MMR 2
 5 years1 Diphteria-tetanus-pertussis-polio revaccination
 12 years HPV 1 and 2 for girls3


1) Concomitant annual general children's physical examination

2) Conjugated Pneumococcal vaccine  

3) from 1 September 2019, HPV will be offered as well to boys who have turned 12 years old on 1 July 2019 or later.


Learn more


The Danish Childhood Vaccination Programme

(Also available in Arabic, Farsi, Polish and Somali via this page)



Updated 05 DEC 2023