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The British National Vaccination Schedule

This advice is based upon advice from the UK Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). The final decision on whether to receive these vaccines is dependent upon agreement between the patient, parent and the administering doctor or nurse.

further details of the British National Schedule can be accessed via these links:

At Birth

  • Tuberculosis (BCG) for those with infected or previously infected family members; all babies living in UK areas where the incidence of TB is 40/100 000 or greater, babies whose parents or grandparents were born in a country with a TB prevalence of 40/100 000 or higher. Immigrants from countries with a high prevalence of tuberculosis and their children and infants.
  • Hepatitis B for babies born to mothers who are chronic carriers of hepatitis B virus or to mothers who have had acute hepatitis B during pregnancy plus their close family members.

At 2 months

  • Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polioHaemophilus influenza type b and hepatitis B
  • Meningococcal B
  • Pneumococcal
  • Rotavirus (

At 3 months

  • Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polioHaemophilus influenza type b and hepatitis B
  • Rotavirus

At 4 months

  • Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polioHaemophilus influenza type b and hepatitis B
  • Meningococcal B
  • Pneumococcal

Between 12-13 months

  • Haemophilus influenzae type b / Meningococcal serogroup C
  • Measles, mumps and rubella
  • Meningococcal B
  • Pneumococcal

Between 2-8 years

  • Influenza vaccine

Between 3 years 4  months - 5 years - before primary school entrance

  • Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and poliomyelitis
  • Measles, mumps, rubella

Between 12-13 years (Girls only)

  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)

Around 14 years

  • Tetanus, diphtheria and poliomyelitis
  • Meningococcal serogroup ACWY

Adults

  • Tetanus and poliomyelitis boosters 10 yearly only for those at risk of soil contaminated wounds (tetanus), or health care workers (poliomyelitis).
  • In 2013, pertussis vaccine was introduced for pregnant women between 16-32 weeks gestation (can be given later). This is given in order to protect the infant from pertussis via maternal antibodies until such times as the infant can be immunised.
  • In 2013, herpes zoster (shingles) vaccine was introduced for adults aged 70 years.

All Ages

  • Hepatitis B for those likely to be in close contact with carriers or at occupational risk e.g. health care workers.
  • Influenza for those at risk of serious disease or complications, including those with underlying medical conditions.
  • Pneumococcal for those at risk of serious disease or complications e.g. individuals with no spleen and the immunosuppressed.

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