Adult Immunisations

Most of these vaccinations are available at no charge, providing that you meet NHS eligibility criteria.

Influenza (Flu)

If you suffer with asthma, lung disease, heart disease, kidney disease, have had a splenectomy or you are over 65 years of age you should have an influenza vaccination every October. Saturday flu clinics are available in September / October, subject to demand and vaccine availability.


From 1 September 2023, you’re eligible for the shingles vaccine when you turn 65. You’ll be offered 2 doses of the vaccine. These are given between 6 and 12 months apart.

Everyone aged 70 to 79 is eligible for the shingles vaccine. Depending on the type of vaccine you have, you’ll have either 1 dose or 2 doses (given between 6 and 12 months apart).

If you’re aged 50 or over and you’re at higher risk from shingles because you have a severely weakened immune system.

This includes:

  • some people with blood cancer (such as leukaemia or lymphoma)
  • some people with HIV or AIDS
  • some people who’ve recently had a stem cell transplant, radiotherapy, chemotherapy or an organ transplant
  • people taking certain medicines that severely weaken the immune system

You’ll be given 2 doses of the shingles vaccine. These are given between 8 weeks and 6 months apart.


People over 65 only need a single pneumococcal vaccination, which will protect for life. It’s not given annually like the flu jab. People with a long-term health condition may need just a single one-off pneumococcal vaccination or five-yearly vaccination, depending on their underlying health problem.

Pertussis in Pregnancy

Pregnant women can help protect their babies from contracting whooping cough by getting vaccinated – ideally from 16 weeks up to 32 weeks pregnant. If for any reason you miss having the vaccine, you can still have it up until you go into labour.

Children’s Influenza Immunisations

Eligible children

The flu vaccine is offered free to:

  • Children aged 2 or 3 years old (on 31 August before flu vaccinations start in the autumn). This will be offered by your GP surgery and you will be contacted by SMS and/or letter.
  • Some school-aged children. For all ‘non at risk’ children this will be undertaken in schools by the school nursing teams. Please contact your child’s school for information.
  • Children with a health condition that puts them at greater risk from flu. Children who are at risk will be contacted by their GP surgery to book an appointment for immunisation.


A full course (three injections) for those previously un-immunised and two further boosters ten years apart is considered sufficient protection.


A full course for those previously un-immunised. For those exposed to a continuing risk of infection a booster dose every ten years.

Childhood Immunisations

There are very few real contra-indications that apply to any of the childhood immunisations. If you have any doubts or anxieties, talk it over with your health visitor.

Routine Immunisation Programme

Each vaccination is given as a single injection into the muscle of the thigh or upper arm.

When to immunise Diseases protected against
Two months old Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) Pneumococcal disease
Rotavirus (from July)
Three months old Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio and Hib
Meningococcal group C disease (MenC)
Rotavirus (from July)
Four months old Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio and Hib
Pneumococcal disease
Between 12 & 13 months old – within a month of the first birthday Hib/MenC
Pneumococcal disease
Measles, mumps and rubella (German measles)
Three years four months old or soon after Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and polio
Measles, mumps and rubella
Girls aged 12 to 13 years old Cervical cancer cased by human papillomavirus types 16 and 18 (and genital warts caused by types 6 and 11)
Around 14 years old Tetanus, diphtheria and polio

Non-routine immunisations

When to immunise Diseases protected against
At birth (increased risk of contact) Tuberculosis
At birth (whose mothers are hepatitis B positive) Hepatitis B