Immunisation

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Vaccines are safe and protect you and those around you: If enough people get vaccinated against a disease it makes it harder for the disease to spread. This protects people who can’t get vaccinated and helps prevent against life-threatening diseases and outbreaks. 

  • Contact your GP to check if you’re up to date.
  • Check that you and your child have had all the immunisations that you need via the NHS vaccination checklist.
  • If you missed any immunisations during the pandemic book an appointment with your GP to catch up. GPs are open and appointments are offered safely.
  • For children starting school in September make sure they are up to date.
  • If the person needing vaccination has coronavirus symptoms or is self-isolating because someone in the household is displaying symptoms, please contact your GP practice to reschedule any appointments booked.

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Is your child starting school in September? Make sure they are up to date on all their immunisations.

Infant Vaccinations

All babies need routine vaccinations at 8 weeks, 12 weeks, 16 weeks, and 12 months old. If you have a new baby, please contact your GP surgery to book for their routine vaccinations. 

MMR

The MMR vaccine is a safe and effective combined vaccine. It protects against measles, mumps and rubella (German measles).

All children need 2 doses of MMR (and other vaccinations) at 1 year and 3 years 4 months old - measles vaccination has prevented 20 million measles cases and 4,500 deaths in the UK.

Make sure your child is protected by receiving all their immunisations before starting nursery and school where they will be mixing with lots of other children.

GP surgeries are open to safely give childhood immunisations

The 3-in-1 teenage booster and Men ACWY

The 3-in 1 teenage booster protects against 3 separate diseases: tetanusdiphtheria and polio.

It's routinely given at secondary school (year 9) at the same time as the MenACWY vaccine.

Schools will send a letter to parents shortly before the vaccinations are planned to ask for their or their child's consent.

HPV

Girls and boys aged 12 to 13 years are offered the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine as part of the NHS vaccination programme.

The HPV vaccine helps protect against cancers caused by HPV, such as cervical cancer,  mouth and throat (head and neck) cancers , some cancers of the anal and genital areas and genital warts.

MMR

Anyone who has not had 2 doses of the MMR vaccine should ask their GP surgery for a vaccination appointment.

It's important to check you've had both doses if you:

  • Are about to start college or university.
  • Are going to travel abroad.
  • Are planning a pregnancy.
  • Are a frontline health or social care worker.
  • Were born between 1970 and 1979, as you may have only been vaccinated against measles.
  • Were born between 1980 and 1990, as you may not be protected against mump.

Shingles Vaccines for older adults

Shingles can be very painful and uncomfortable and is also fatal for around 1 in 1,000 over-70s who develop it.

The shingles vaccine helps to reduce your risk of getting shingles or your symptoms may be milder and the illness shorter.

You're eligible for the shingles vaccine if you are aged 70 or 78 years old.

Pneumococcal for Older Adults

The pneumococcal vaccine protects against serious and potentially fatal pneumococcal infections. It's also known as the pneumonia vaccine. People aged 65 and older need a single pneumococcal vaccination.