Vaccination Schedule

Here is a checklist of the vaccines that are routinely offered to everyone in the UK, and the age at which you should ideally have them.

2 Months:

  • Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib, a bacterial infection that can cause severe pneumonia or Meningitis in young children) given as a 5-in-1 single jab known as DTaP/IPV/Hib.
  • Pneumococcal infection.
  • Rotavirus.
  • Meningitis B.

3 Months:                    

  • 5-in-1, second dose (DTaP/IPV/Hib).
  • Meningitis C.
  • Rotavirus.

4 Months:

  • 5-in-1, third dose (DTaP/IPV/Hib).
  • Pneumococcal infection, second dose.
  • Meningitis B.

Between 12 and 13 Months:

  • Hib, fourth dose (Hib/MenC given as a single jab).
  • MMR (measles, mumps and rubella), given as a single jab.
  • Pneumococcal infection, third dose.
  • Meningitis B.

3 Years and 4 Months, or Soon After:

  • MMR second jab.
  • Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and polio (DtaP/IPV), given as a 4-in-1 pre-school booster.

Around 12-13 Years: 

Changes to the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination scheme have been confirmed from September 2014.

Starting in the next academic year, girls aged 12-13 will now be offered two doses instead of three doses. The doses should be given at least six months apart and not more than 24 months apart.

And girls who have not had their first dose of HPV vaccine by the time they are 15 years old should be offered the three dose schedule, because their antibody response is not quite as good. Girls who have received two HPV vaccine doses under the 2013/14 programme should still receive their third dose to complete their course.

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Around 13-18 Years:

  • Diphtheria, tetanus and polio booster (Td/IPV), given as a single jab.
  • Meningitis ACWY.

65 and Over:

  • Flu (every year).
  • Pneumococcal.
  • Shingles (70-79 year olds only).