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NHS vaccinations and when to have them

It's important that vaccines are given on time for the best protection, but if you or your child missed a vaccine, contact your GP to catch up.

NHS vaccination schedule

Babies under 1 year old

A table showing when vaccines are offered to babies under 1 year old
Age Vaccines
8 weeks 6-in-1 vaccine
Pneumococcal (PCV) vaccine
Rotavirus vaccine
MenB
12 weeks 6-in-1 vaccine (2nd dose)
Rotavirus vaccine (2nd dose)
16 weeks 6-in-1 vaccine (3rd dose)
Pneumococcal (PCV) vaccine (2nd dose)
MenB (2nd dose)

Children aged 1 to 15

A table showing when vaccines are offered to children aged 1 to 15
Age Vaccines
1 year Hib/MenC (1st dose)
MMR (1st dose)
Pneumococcal (PCV) vaccine (3rd dose)
MenB (3rd dose)
2 to 10 years Flu vaccine (every year)
3 years and 4 months MMR (2nd dose)
4-in-1 pre-school booster
12 to 13 years HPV vaccine
14 years 3-in-1 teenage booster
MenACWY

Adults

A table showing when adults are offered vaccines
Age Vaccines
65 years Pneumococcal (PPV) vaccine
65 years (and every year after) Flu vaccine
70 years Shingles vaccine

Pregnant women

A table showing when pregnant women are offered vaccines
When it's offered Vaccines
During flu season Flu vaccine
From 16 weeks pregnant Whooping cough (pertussis) vaccine

Extra vaccines for at-risk people

Some vaccines are only available on the NHS for groups of people who need extra protection.

See vaccines for at-risk babies and children

Vaccines for at-risk babies and children

A table showing which groups people at-risk are offered vaccines and when
At-risk group Vaccines
Babies born to mothers who have hepatitis B Hepatitis B vaccine at birth, 4 weeks and 12 months
Children born in areas of the country where there are high numbers of TB cases BCG tuberculosis (TB) vaccine at birth
Children whose parents or grandparents were born in a country with many cases of TB BCG tuberculosis (TB) vaccine at birth
Children 6 months to 17 years old with long-term health conditions Children's flu vaccine every year
See vaccines for people with underlying health conditions

Vaccines for people with underlying health conditions

A table showing which vaccines are offered to people with underlying health conditions
At-risk group Vaccines
Problems with the spleen, for example caused by sickle cell disease Hib/MenC
MenACWY
MenB
Pneumococcal vaccine (PCV13 and PPV)
Flu vaccine
Cochlear implants Pneumococcal vaccine (both PCV13 and PPV)
Chronic respiratory and heart conditions, such as severe asthma or heart failure Pneumococcal vaccine (PCV13 and PPV)
Flu vaccine
Chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson's disease or a learning disability Pneumococcal vaccine (PCV13 and PPV)
Flu vaccine
Diabetes Pneumococcal vaccine (PCV13 and PPV)
Flu vaccine
Chronic kidney disease Pneumococcal vaccine (PCV13 and PPV)
Flu vaccine
Hepatitis B vaccine
Chronic liver conditions Pneumococcal vaccine (PCV13 and PPV)
Flu vaccine
Hepatitis A vaccine
Hepatitis B vaccine
Haemophilia Hepatitis A vaccine
Hepatitis B vaccine
Weakened immune system caused by treatments or disease Pneumococcal vaccine (PCV13 and PPV)
Flu vaccine
Complement disorders or people receiving complement inhibitor therapies Hib/MenC
MenACWY
MenB
Pneumococcal vaccine (PCV13 and PPV)
Flu vaccine

Important

If you're starting college or university you should make sure you've already had:

  • the MenACWY vaccine - which protects against serious infections like meningitis. You can still ask your GP for this vaccine until your 25th birthday.
  • 2 doses of the MMR vaccine - as there are outbreaks of mumps and measles at universities. If you have not previously had 2 doses of MMR you can still ask your GP for the vaccine.

Non-urgent advice: Speak to your GP surgery if:

  • you think you or your child have missed any vaccinations
  • you or your child have a vaccination appointment - but you've missed it or cannot attend

They can book or rearrange the next available appointment.

It’s best to have vaccines on time, but you can still catch up on most vaccines if you miss them.

Page last reviewed: 30 July 2019
Next review due: 30 July 2022