We are moving from paper vouchers to the Healthy Start card. We will send the last paper vouchers out on the week starting the 7th March. You can still use any valid vouchers to get free vitamins.
Why you should get your free Healthy Start vitamins
Young children may not get enough vitamin A and D even if they are eating well. If you are pregnant and breastfeeding you may not get enough vitamin C or D or folic acid.
You can use your Healthy Start card to get these important vitamins for free. These come as NHS Healthy Start tablets and drops for children.
They do not contain milk, egg, gluten, soya or peanut residues. They’re suitable for vegetarians and halal diets.
You can get the vitamin tablets while you’re pregnant and up to your baby’s 1st birthday. They contain:
- folic acid which lowers the chance of babies having spinal problems
- vitamin C which helps the body’s soft tissue
- vitamin D which helps babies’ bones to develop properly
Children can take vitamin drops if they:
- are less than 4 years old
- have less than 500ml (about one pint) of infant formula a day – as formula already has vitamins added to it
Healthy Start vitamins come as an 8-week supply of:
- 56 tablets (a daily dose of 1 tablet)
- 280 drops (a daily dose of 5 drops)
You or your children should not take more than the recommended amount.
How to get free vitamins if you live in England
Ask your midwife or health visitor where to get your free vitamins.
You can also find who stocks Healthy Start vitamins in your local area (opens in a new tab). We recommend you call in advance to make sure a provider has Healthy Start vitamins in stock.
To collect your free vitamins, you’ll have to show your Healthy Start card or vouchers.
How to get free vitamins if you live in Wales
You can collect free vitamins at your local health board. You will need to show your Healthy Start card or vouchers.
How to get free vitamins if you live in Northern Ireland and have a Healthy Start card
If you are eligible, we will send you a letter explaining how to request your free vitamins. We will check your request and send your order to the Business Services Organisation (opens in a new tab) in Northern Ireland. They will then post the vitamins to you.
How to get free vitamins if you live in Northern Ireland and have valid paper vouchers
Put your vitamin vouchers and the Healthy Start letter that comes with them in an envelope. Send the envelope to:
Business Services Organisation
Healthy Start vitamin scheme
73 Loughgall Road
The Business Services Organisation (opens in a new tab) will then post the vitamins to you.