Vaccination Schedule

Here is a checklist of the vaccines that are routinely offered to everyone in the UK for free on the NHS, and the age at which you should ideally have them.

Eight weeks old

  • Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib, a bacterial infection that can cause severe pneumonia or meningitis in young children)and Hepatitis B given as a single injection known as DTaP/IPV/Hib/HepB
  • Meningococcal B
  • Pneumococcal disease
  • Rotavirus

Twelve weeks

  • Second dose (DTaP/IPV/Hib/HepB)
  • Rotavirus

Sixteen weeks

  • Third dose (DTaP/IPV/Hib/HepB)
  • Meningococcal B, second dose
  • Pneumococcal disease, second dose

One year old

  • Hib and Meningitis C (Hib/MenC given as a single injection)
  • Meningococcal B, booster
  • Pneumococcal disease, booster
  • MMR (measles, mumps and rubella), given as a single injection

Two to eight years old (including children in Reception class and school years 1-4)

  • Influenza (flu nasal spray given annually)

3 years and 4 months, or soon after

  • MMR second injection
  • Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and polio (DTaP/IPV), given as a 4-in-1 pre-school booster

Girls aged 12 to 13 years old

  • Cervical cancer (HPV) vaccine, which protects against cervical cancer (girls only): two doses 6-24 months apart

Around 14 years (school year 9)

  • Tetanus, diptheria and polio booster (Td/IPV), given as a single injection
  • Meningococcal Groups A, C, W and Y

65 years and over

  • Flu (every year)
  • Pneumococcal

70 years old

  • Shingles

Vaccination Schedule

Click here for the complete routine immunisation schedule for the current year

Seasonal Flu Vaccination

Influenza – flu – is a highly infectious and potentially serious illness cause


d by influenza viruses. Each year the make-up of the seasonal flu vaccine is designed to protect against the influenza viruses that the World Health Organization decide are most likely to be circulating in the coming winter.

Regular immunisation (vaccination) is given free of charge to the following at-risk people, to protect them from seasonal flu:

  • people aged 65 or over,
  • people with a serious medical condition
  • people living in a residential or nursing home
  • the main carers for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer becomes ill

These links all come from trusted resources but if you are unsure about these or any other medical matters please contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice