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Vaccinations

Here's a checklist of the vaccines that are routinely offered to everyone in the UK free of charge 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 the routine vaccinations, ask at your GP surgery.

Surgery staff can arrange for you or your child to have any vaccines that have been missed and are still needed according to your or your child's age.

Try to have your vaccinations on time to make sure you and your child are protected.

If you're not going to be able to get to the GP surgery when a vaccination is due, talk to the surgery.

Rearrange the appointment for a time you can make with as little delay to the vaccination schedule as possible.

8 weeks

6-in-1 vaccine, a combined vaccine given as a single jab to protect against 6 separate diseases: diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough (pertussis), polio, Haemophilus influenzae type b (known as Hib, a bacterial infection that can cause severe pneumonia or meningitis in young children), and hepatitis B

Pneumococcal (PCV) vaccine

Rotavirus vaccine

MenB vaccine

12 weeks

6-in-1 vaccine, second dose

Rotavirus vaccine, second dose

16 weeks

6-in-1 vaccine, third dose

Pneumococcal (PCV) vaccine, second dose

MenB vaccine, second dose

1 year

Hib/MenC vaccine, a combined vaccine given as a single jab to protect against meningitis C (first dose) and Hib (fourth dose)

Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine, given as a single jab, first dose

Pneumococcal (PCV) vaccine, third dose

MenB vaccine, third dose

2 to 9 years (including children in reception class and school years 1 to 5)

Children's flu vaccine (annual)

3 years and 4 months

Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine, second dose

4-in-1 pre-school booster, a combined vaccine given as a single jab to boost protection against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough (pertussis) and polio

12 to 13 years

HPV vaccine, 2 jabs given 6 to 24 months apart to protect against cancers caused by HPV viruses

14 years

3-in-1 teenage booster, a combined vaccine given as a single jab to boost protection against diphtheria, tetanus and polio

MenACWY vaccine, given as a single jab to protect against meningococcal groups A, C, W and Y

65 years

Pneumococcal (PPV) vaccine

65 and over

Flu vaccine (every year)

70 years

Shingles vaccine

Vaccines for special groups

There are some vaccines that are not routinely available to everyone on the NHS but are available for people who are in certain risk groups, such as:

  • healthcare workers
  • pregnant women
  • people with health conditions that put them at increased risk of disease or complications

Additional vaccines for special groups include:

Travel vaccines

There are some travel vaccines you should be able to have free on the NHS.

These include:

Other travel vaccines, such as yellow fever vaccination, are only available privately. 

Find out more about travel vaccines

Page last reviewed: 26 March 2019
Next review due: 26 March 2022