Vaccines calendar in the UK

A schedule of your vaccination shots is important so that you know when to get important jabs that will prevent diseases and illness from occurring. In young children, this is is critical so that they are immunised to some preventable diseases. Take a look at the vaccines calendar in the UK.

The schedule

Getting vaccination for you or your children is important so that everyone will be adequately protected against preventable diseases. Here is a table of the vaccines calendar in the UK that you should know about:


2 months

  • 5-in-1vaccine or DTaP/IPV/Hib

Protects against: diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough (pertussis), polio, haemophilus influenzae type B

  • pneumoccocal vaccine

Protects against: pneumoccocal infections (pneumonia, septicaemia and meningitis

  • rotavirus vaccine

Protects against: rotavirus infection

  • Men B vaccine (from 09/2015)

Protects against: meningitis and blood poisoning

3 months

  • 5-in-1vaccine orDTaP/IPV/Hib (2nd dose)
  • Men C vaccine

Protects against: meningitis and septicaemia

  • rotavirus vaccine

4 months

  • 5-in-1vaccine orDTaP/IPV/Hib (3rd dose)
  • pneumoccocal vaccine (2nd dose)
  • Men B vaccine 2nd dose (from 09/2015)

12-13 months

  • Hib Men C booster

Protection against: Hib and meningitis C

  • MMR

Protection against:measles, mumps and rubella

  • pneumoccocal vaccine (3rd dose)
  • Men B vaccine 3rd dose (from 09/2015)

2,3,4 years and school years 1 and 2

  • children's flu vaccine

Protection against: influenza virus

3 years and 4 or those starting school

  • MMR (2nd dose)
  • 4-in-1

Protection against: diphtheria, tetanus, polio and whooping cough

12-13 years (girls only)

  • HPV vaccine

Protection against: cervical cancer

13-18 years

  • 3-in-1 vaccine

Protection against: diphtheria, polio, tetanus

  • Men ACWY vaccine

Protection against: meningitis W disease

19-25 years (first time students only)

  • Men ACWY vaccine

65 and over

  • flu vaccine

Protection against: influenza virus

70 years (78 and 79 as catch up)

  • shingles

Protection against: shingles

Source: NHS UK

Other types of vaccination

The above vaccines calendar in the UK does not include those that are available as extra protection for certain risk groups such as pregnant women or healthcare workers. These include TB, hepatitis B and chickenpox vaccines. Then there are also jabs that are good when travelling to certain high risk areas where diseases are prevalent or endemic. Yellow fever, typhoid, and cholera vaccines belong to this group.

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