Healthy Start vitaminsVitamin Voucher

Vitamins are essential nutrients that your body needs in small amounts so that it can work properly. Even though you can get lots of vitamins from a healthy balanced diet, you still might not get everything you need at certain times in your life – such as when you’re pregnant, a new mum or a small child. So UK health departments recommend that at these times you should take a supplement containing specific vitamins to make sure you get everything you need.

Healthy Start vitamins are suitable for vegetarians and halal diets, and free from milk, egg, gluten, soya and peanut residues.

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Pregnant women, women with a baby under one year old and children aged up to their fourth birthday on Healthy Start will get green Healthy Start vitamin coupons. These will be sent to you, with your Healthy Start vouchers, every eight weeks.

Healthy Start women’s vitamin tablets contain:Healthy Start Vitamin Packs

  • Folic acid: reduces the chance of your baby having spina bifida, a birth defect where the spine doesn’t form properly
  • Vitamin C: helps maintain healthy tissue in the body
  • Vitamin D: helps your body to absorb calcium and so supports your baby’s bones to develop properly.

Healthy Start children’s vitamin drops contain:

  • Vitamin A: for growth, vision in dim light and healthy skin
  • Vitamin C: helps maintain healthy tissue in the body
  • Vitamin D: for strong bones and teeth.

Healthy Start vitamins are for children from birth and who are having less than 500ml (one pint) of infant formula a day.

How to get Healthy Start vitamins

Important information about Healthy Start Vitamins: If you use Healthy Start Vitamins, or you are a new user who wishes to pick up your supply, please contact your usual distribution outlet to see if there have been any changes to the way vitamins are currently being distributed in your local area.

England:  Click here to find phone numbers and addresses for local distribution points.  It may be helpful to call ahead if you have not claimed vitamins before.  You can also ask your midwife or health visitor where you can swap your green coupon locally.

Scotland: Following the introduction of the Best Start Foods scheme, Healthy Start vitamins will continue to be offered to all pregnant women in Scotland for the duration of their pregnancy. Vitamins will be provided to eligible children from their local Health Board. Click here to find out more.

Wales:  Ask your midwife or health visitor where they are available locally.

Northern Ireland: Post the top of Healthy Start letter which shows your address along with the green coupon to the following address and the Healthy Start vitamins will be posted directly to you – remember to send the part of the letter with your address as well as the green coupon:

Business Services Organisation
Healthy Start vitamin scheme
Pinewood Villa
73 Loughgall Road
BT61 7PR


Using Healthy Start Vitamins Vouchers FAQs:

My local pharmacy/centre won’t take my Healthy Start Vitamins voucher as they want people to use contactless payments

We have reminded local authorities and their distributors that there is no electronic version of Healthy Start Vitamins vouchers, only the paper one and that Healthy Start Vitamins are an important nutritional supplement. If you continue to have a problem then please let us know by calling the helpline 0345 607 6823, telling us which shop or organisation and where you are.


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