The Department of Health website immunisation.nhs.uk provides up-to-date and comprehensive information on immunisation. The full immunisation schedule from the website, which lists the vaccines required by patients from birth up to 18 years of age, is reproduced below. The website is a useful resource for patients, parents, and healthcare professionals—it provides detailed information on vaccines and the diseases that they protect against, explains why immunisation is necessary, and lists answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.

The Department of Health also produces a monthly electronic newsletter, Vaccine Update, which all general practices should be receiving. It includes up-to-date information on vaccine supply, immunisation policy, information resources, and vaccine ordering. To subscribe, email: vaccine.supply@dh.gsi.gov.uk. Previous copies are also available on the NHS immunisation website at: www.immunisation.nhs.uk/Professional_Information/Vaccine_Update.

2 months old

VaccineHow it is given
Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio, and Haemophilus influenzae type b

DTaP/IPV/Hib

One injection

Pneumococcal infection (pneumococcal conjugate vaccine)

PCV

One injection

3 months old

  
Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, and Haemophilus influenzae type b

DTaP/IPV/Hib

One injection

Meningitis C (meningococcal group C)

MenC

One injection

4 months old

  
Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, and Haemophilus influenzae type b

DTaP/IPV/Hib

One injection

Meningitis C (meningococcal group C)

MenC

One injection

Pneumococcal infection (pneumococcal conjugate vaccine)

PCV

One injection

Around 12 months old

   

Haemophilus influenzae type b and meningitis C

Hib/MenC

One injection

Around 13 months old

   

Measles, mumps, and rubella (German measles)

MMR

One injection

Pneumococcal infection (pneumococcal conjugate vaccine)

PCV

One injection

3 years 4 months or soon after

  

Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, and polio

dTaP/IPV or DTaP/IPV

One injection

Measles, mumps, and rubella

MMR

One injection

Girls aged 12 to 13 years

  

Human papillomavirus

HPV

Three injections

over 6 months

13 to 18 years old

  

Diphtheria, tetanus, and polio

Td/IPV

One injection

Girls aged 17 to 18 years

  

Human papillomavirus

HPV

Three injections

over 6 months