Immunisation Programme

The NHS vaccination schedule

Here’s a checklist of the vaccines that are routinely offered to everyone in the UK for free on the NHS, and the ages at which they should ideally be given.

Please Click on Link – Childhood Immunisation Schedule

If you’re not sure whether you or your child have had all your routine vaccinations, ask the Practice Nurse to find out for you. It may be possible to catch up later in life.

These are the routine vaccinations that are offered free of charge on the NHS to all babies and children in the UK.

6-in-1 vaccine

Protects against: diphtheriatetanuswhooping coughpolio, Hib (Haemophilus influenzae type b) and hepatitis B.

Given at: 8, 12 and 16 weeks of age to all babies born on or after 1 August 2017.

Read more about the 6-in-1 vaccine

Pneumococcal or pneumonia jab (PCV)

Protects against: some types of pneumococcal infection

Given at: 8 weeks, 16 weeks and one year of age

Read more about the pneumococcal jab

Rotavirus vaccine

Protects against: rotavirus infection, a common cause of childhood diarrhoea and sickness

Given at: 8 and 12 weeks of age

Read more about the rotavirus vaccine

Men B vaccine

Protects againstmeningitis (caused by meningococcal type B bacteria)

Given at: 8 weeks, 16 weeks and one year of age

Read more about the Men B vaccine.

Hib/Men C vaccine

Protects against: Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) and meningitis caused by meningococcal group C bacteria

Given at: one year of age

Read more about the Hib/Men C vaccine.

MMR vaccine

Protects against: measlesmumps and rubella

Given at: one year and at three years and four months of age

Read more about the MMR jab

Immunisation for babies up to a year old (English and translations)

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Children’s flu vaccine

Protects againstflu

Given at: annually as a nasal spray in Sept/Oct for all children aged two to eight years on 31 August 2017.

Read more about the flu vaccine for children

4-in-1 pre-school booster

Protects against: diphtheriatetanuswhooping cough and polio

Given at: three years and four months of age

Read more about the DTaP/IPV pre-school booster

HPV vaccine

Protects againstcervical cancer some mouth and throat (head and neck) cancers, some cancers of the anal and genital areas.

Given at: 12-13 years as two injections at least six months apart

Read more about the HPV vaccine

3-in-1 teenage booster

Protects againsttetanusdiphtheria and polio

Given at: 14 years

Read more about the 3-in-1 teenage booster

Men ACWY vaccine

Protects againstmeningitis (caused by meningococcal types A, C, W and Y bacteria) 

Given at: 14 years and new university students aged 19-25

Read more about the Men ACWY vaccine

Pneumococcal vaccine

Protects against: pneumococcal infections e.g. pneumonia

Given at: 65 years

Read more about the Pneumococcal (PPV) vaccine

Flu vaccination

Protects against: flu

Who needs it: children aged six months to two years and those aged nine to 17 who have certain medical conditions or a weakened immune system, which may put them at risk of complications from flu. (All children aged two to eight years are given the flu vaccine as part of the routine immunisation schedule.)

Given: for children between the ages of six months and two years as a single jab every year in September/November. For children aged nine to 17 years of age as a nasal spray every year in September/November.

Read more about the nasal spray flu vaccine

Read more about the flu jab

Shingles vaccination

Protects againstshingles

Given at: 70 years and 78 years. In addition, anyone previously eligible born on or after 2nd September 1942 remains eligible until their 80th birthday.

Read more about the Shingles vaccine

Vaccines for special groups

There are some vaccines that aren’t routinely available to everyone on the NHS, but that are available for people who fall into certain risk groups, such as vaccines for pregnant women, people with long-term health conditions, and healthcare workers.

Additional vaccines for special groups include:


Some babies in high-risk groups get a BCG vaccine for protection against tuberculosis (TB) when they are born. Higher risk infants might also get extra vaccinations against hepatitis B.

Your doctor or health visitor will give you more information if your child needs protection.

Getting your child immunised

Before your child starts school, they usually get their vaccinations at your doctor’s surgery or local health clinic. The Child Health system or the doctor’s surgery usually sends you the invitation to make a vaccination appointment.

Your child can get some vaccinations in school. The school will contact you before they give your child a vaccine.

If you have any questions, ask your health visitor, doctor, school nurse or a practice nurse in the doctor’s surgery.

Useful resources:

If you are not sure if you wish to vaccinate your child, we encourage you to call us on

0116 2955000 and book a telephone appointment with our Practice Nurse to discuss this further.

If you still wish to refuse to vaccinate your child please contact the surgery to complete a refusal form.