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.
If you're not sure whether you or your child have had all your routine vaccinations, ask your GP or practice nurse to find out for you. It may be possible to "catch up" later in life.
Try to make sure you or your child have vaccinations delivered on time to ensure protection. If you're going to be away from the GP surgery when a vaccination is due, talk to your doctor. It may be possible to arrange for vaccination at a different location.
- 5-in-1 (DTaP/IPV/Hib) vaccine – this single jab contains vaccines to protect against five separate diseases: diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough (pertussis), polio and Haemophilus influenzae type b (known as Hib – a bacterial infection that can cause severe pneumonia or meningitis in young children)
BETWEEN 12 AND 13 MONTHS
- Hib/Men C booster, given as a single jab containing meningitis C (second dose) and Hib (fourth dose)
2, 3 AND 4 YEARS
3 YEARS AND 4 MONTHS, OR SOON AFTER
AROUND 12-13 YEARS (GIRLS ONLY)
- HPV vaccine, which protects against cervical cancer – two injections given between six months and 2 years apart
AROUND 13-18 YEARS
AROUND 13-15 YEARS
65 AND OVER
70 YEARS (AND 78 AND 79 YEAR-OLDS AS A CATCH-UP)