Immunisations and Vaccinations

If you have children, it is important to make sure their immunisations are up to date.

This will protect them against serious diseases.

Most immunisations are given when children are babies, or before they start school.

Some are given when they are teenagers.

Children’s immunisations

You can ask your GP practice about children’s immunisations.

Remember to tell your GP if your child had any immunisations in their home country.

Some of the immunisations are given at the GP practice. Some are given at the child’s school.

Find out more about what immunisations children need.

Flu vaccinations are given to children at nursery and school between the ages of 2 and 8.

It is given as a spray up the nose, so no injections are needed.

Adults are also encouraged to get the flu vaccination during winter.

This helps protect them and their family from the flu virus, particularly if they are at higher risk of complications if they become ill. It is free for:

  • people over 65
  • pregnant women
  • people with a serious medical condition

For everyone else it costs around £20. You can get it in many of the bigger pharmacies.

Find out more about flu vaccinations.

The measles vaccination is one of the immunisations given to all children.

Adults can have it too.

Measles can be very dangerous and it spreads easily and quickly.

It is important to have a vaccination if you are not up to date, or are planning on travelling abroad.

You can find out which countries have high numbers of cases of measles on the World Health Organisation website.

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