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The UK Vaccination Schedule

Introduction

Vaccinations (sometimes called immunisations) are given to protect you against certain diseases that can make you unwell. 

  • In the UK there is a routine vaccine programme where vaccines are given at set ages to protect against several diseases, this is called the ‘UK Vaccination Schedule’.
  • For some diseases a course of several doses of vaccine is needed, while for others just one dose of vaccine is enough.

Although giving routine vaccines is often associated with babies and children, there are vaccines that are also advised for adults.

  • It is important that you have received the vaccines that are recommended to protect yourself and stay healthy.

If you think that you have not received some or all of the vaccines from the UK schedule, you should contact your GP surgery to find out what you have previously received.

Vaccination Schedule for Children

The current vaccination schedule starts when a baby is 2 months old.  Sometimes, if a baby is at higher risk of tuberculosis or hepatitis B, then these vaccines will be given when the baby is born.

At 2 months

At 3 months

At 4 months

12 to 13 months

From 3 years 4 months

Primary school age children

  • Flu (influenza) vaccine

From 11 years 

From 14 years

Vaccination Schedule for Adults

Over 65 years of age

  • Flu (influenza) vaccine given every year
  • Pneumococcal vaccine given once only
  • Shingles (Herpes zoster) given once only

Additional Vaccines at Risk Groups

People who have serious health problems or who are at particular risk of catching disease may also be recommended to receive vaccines against:

Further Information

Details of what is included in the UK schedule including the names of the vaccines used can be found by accessing:

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