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.
- 6-in-1 vaccine – 2nd dose
- PCV (pneumococcal) vaccine
- RV (rotavirus) vaccine – 2nd dose
- 6-in-1 vaccine – 3rd dose
- MenB vaccine – 2nd dose
- Hib/MenC vaccine given as a single jab containing vaccines against Meningitis C (1st dose) and Hib (4th dose)
- MMR vaccine (measles, mumps and rubella), given as a single jab
- PCV (pneumococcal) – 2nd dose
- MenB vaccine – 3rd dose
2, 3 and 4 years plus school years one and two
Children's flu vaccine (annual)
From 3 years and 4 months (up to starting school)
Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine, second dose
4-in-1 (DTaP/IPV) pre-school booster, given as a single jab containing vaccines against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough (pertussis) and polio
12-13 years (girls only)
HPV vaccine, which protects against cervical cancer – two injections given between six months and two years apart
3-in-1 (Td/IPV) teenage booster, given as a single jab and contains vaccines against diphtheria, tetanus and polio
Men ACWY vaccine
19-25 years (first-time students only)
Men ACWY vaccine
65 and over
Flu (every year) -see below
Pneumococcal (PPV) vaccine
70 years (and 78 and 79 year-olds as a catch-up)
Get Vaccinated to avoid catching Flu
A free flu vaccination is provided for all eligible patients between September and March subject to availability of the vaccine from manufacturers.
Eligible patients are those aged over 65, or who have one of the following conditions.
Flu jab for people with medical conditions
The injected flu vaccine is offered free of charge on the NHS to anyone with a serious long-term health condition. That includes these types of illnesses:
Children with long-term health conditions
Children aged two to 17 who are at extra risk from flu because they have a long-term health condition, such as diabetes, heart or lung disease, will have the annual flu nasal spray instead of the annual flu jab, which they were previously given.
Children at extra risk between the ages of six months and two years will continue to receive the annual flu jab.
Pregnant women and the flu jab
If you're pregnant, you're advised to have the injectable flu vaccine, regardless of the stage of pregnancy you've reached.
That's because there's strong evidence to suggest pregnant women have an increased risk of developing complications if they get flu.
If you're pregnant, you will benefit from the flu vaccine because:
- it reduces your chance of getting serious complications of flu, such as pneumonia, particularly in the later stages of pregnancy
- it reduces your risk of having a miscarriage, or your baby being born prematurely or with a low birth weight because of the flu
- it will help protect your baby as they will continue to have some immunity to flu for the first few months of their life
It's safe to have the flu vaccine at any stage of pregnancy from conception onwards. The vaccine doesn't carry any risks for you or your baby. Talk to your GP or midwife if you are unsure about the vaccination.
Read more about the flu jab in pregnancy.
Flu jab if you're very overweight
The injected flu jab is recommended for anyone who is severely overweight with a body mass index (BMI) over 40.
Speak to your GP about eligibility for the flu jab.
Read more about BMI and how to check it.
Flu jab for carers
If you care for someone who is elderly or disabled, speak to your GP about having a flu jab along with the person you care for.
Read more about the flu jab for carers on the Carers UK website.
This NHS leaflet gives information about the flu vaccination aimed at carers of and people with a learning disability.
Flu jab for health and social care workers
Outbreaks of flu can occur in health and social care settings, and, because flu is so contagious, staff, patients and residents are all at risk of infection.
If you're a front-line health and social care worker, you are eligible for an NHS flu jab to protect yourself, your colleagues and other members of the community.
It is your employer's responsibility to arrange vaccination for you. So, if you are an NHS-employed front-line healthcare worker, the NHS will pay for your vaccination. If you are a social care worker, your employer – for example, your local authority – will pay for vaccination.
In the case of health and social care workers employed by private companies, those companies will arrange and pay for the vaccinations.
The NHS has this advice on flu vaccination of health and social care workers (PDF, 131kb).