Vaccinations and immunisation guidance
Details of the changes made to vaccination and immunisation arrangements and relevant related guidance including our 'focus on' guides.
Arrangements for flu vaccinations for 2013-2014 have been set out by the Department of Health, NHS England and Public Health England
Read the letter from DoH, NHS England and Public Health England (PDF)
From September 2013, all children aged two are to be offered the flu vaccination
Read our helpful FAQs on children flu vaccination (updated September 2013)
Find out more and download the service specification (NHS Employers website)
Read the letter about the extension of the programme to children (PDF)
From 1 June 2013, there have been changes to the Meningitis C vaccination programme, which includes the removal of the second dose from the routine schedule for infants. There will also be a new adolescent booster dose, which will be provided in schools.
Meningitis C (gov.uk website)
Since 25 April 2013, in response to local measles outbreaks, there has been a MMR catch-up campaign in England, which applies until 31 March 2014. There is also a catch-up programme in place in Wales as a result of severe outbreak of measles.
MMR catch up programme (England)
Since 1 October 2012, a temporary programme of pertussis (whooping cough) vaccinations for pregnant women has been in place
Pertussis (whooping cough) vaccination programme for pregnant women
From 1 July 2013, the rotavirus vaccine was introduced as part of the childhood immunisation schedule (at 2 and 3 months).
Letter from the DoH on the introduction of rotavirus vaccination for babies at two and three months
Further information about the rotavirus vaccine is available on our general practice funding pages
From 1 September 2013, a shingles vaccination programme was introduced for patients aged 70, but not yet 71 [route cohort] as well as a catch-up programme for patients age 79.
Shingles vaccination programme for over 70's - FAQs
Shingles catch up programme - service specification (England) (PDF)
Additional information about the shingles vaccine is available on our general practice funding pages
Introduction of shingles vaccine to over 70's - letter from Public Health England (PDF)
Focus on vaccines and immunisations
Our Focus on vaccines and immunisation (2013) explains the national arrangements for provision of immunisations on the NHS.
Focus on travel immunisation
This guidance explains which travel immunisations are available on the NHS and which can be charged for privately.
Focus on hepatitis B immunisations
The Focus on hepatitis B immunisations aims to clarify the circumstances where charges can be made and where active attempts to encourage immunisation ought to be made.