VACCINATIONS

The NHS Vaccination Schedule

Your Health

Here's a checklist of the vaccines that are routinely offered to everyone in the UK for free 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 your routine vaccinations, ask your GP or practice nurse to find out for you. It may be possible to "catch up" later in life.

Try to make sure you or your child have vaccinations delivered on time to ensure protection. If you're going to be away from the GP surgery when a vaccination is due, talk to your doctor. It may be possible to arrange for vaccination at a different location.

2 months

3 months

4 months

Between 12 and 13 months

2, 3 and 4 years

3 years and 4 months, or soon after

Around 12-13 years (girls only)

Around 13-18 years

Around 13-15 years

18-25 years

65 and over

70 years (and 78 and 79 year-olds as a catch-up)

Shingles Vaccination

  
Your Health

A vaccine to prevent shingles, a common, painful skin disease is available on the NHS to certain people in their 70s.

The shingles vaccine is given as a single injection for people aged 70, 78 or 79. Unlike the flu jab, you'll only need to have the vaccination once and you can have it at any time of the year.

The shingles vaccine is expected to reduce your risk of getting shingles. If you are unlucky enough to go on to have the disease, your symptoms may be milder and the illness shorter.

Shingles can be very painful and uncomfortable. Some people are left with pain lasting for years after the initial rash has healed. And shingles is fatal for around 1 in 1,000 over-70s who develop it.

It's fine to have the shingles vaccine if you've already had shingles. The shingles vaccine works very well in people who have had shingles before and it will boost your immunity against further shingles attacks.

What is shingles?

Who can have the shingles vaccination?

What is the brand name of the shingles vaccine?

How is the shingles vaccine given?

How does the shingles vaccine work?

How long will the shingles vaccine protect me for?

How safe is the shingles vaccine?

How is shingles spread?

Who's most at risk of shingles?

Read more about the complications of shingles.

Answer to common questions about the shingles vaccine