Get vaccinated!

It’s not just babies that need vaccinations – you do too

Vaccination is one of the greatest breakthroughs in modern medicine. No other medical intervention has done more to save lives and improve peoples quality of life.

Vaccinations are quick and safe. When you have been vaccinated against a disease, your body can fight it more effectively.  If someone isn't vaccinated, they remain at risk of catching the illness and of passing infection on to others.

There's a recommended timetable for routine childhood vaccinations. This timetable has been timed to give children and young people the best chance of developing protection against preventable diseases safely and effectively.

If you're not sure whether you've had all your routine vaccinations, ask your GP or practice nurse to find out for you or go and see your school health nurse.

For more information on vaccination visit: NHS Choices Vaccination Schedule page

Vaccinations after 12 years of age:

At the moment all girls aged 12 to 13 are offered HPV (human papilloma virus) vaccination as part of the NHS childhood vaccination programme. Find out more about it at NHS Choices here or watch the video on it below.

Keeping Your Child Safe - The HPV Vaccine for Girls in Year 8 (Subtitled)

Between the ages of 13 to 18 you will be offered the 3 in 1 booster. To find out more about this vaccination and the diseases it helps prevent go to NHS choices page on it here or watch the video on it below.

Keeping Your Child Safe - Teenage Booster Vaccines (subtitled)

Young teenagers, sixth formers and 'fresher' students going to university for the first time are now routinely offered a vaccination to prevent meningitis W disease. To find out more about it visit the Men ACWY NHS Choices page.


If you are over the age of 16, you may make your own medical decisions, and choose to have vaccinations without your parent's consent. 


If you are planning on going abroad it is worth checking to see if you need any special vaccinations. In some countries infections such as yellow fever, typhoid and hepatitis A are present and it is important to know that there are vaccinations available that can protect you against them. To find out more visit the travel vaccines NHS choices pages.


When you are pregnant you and your unborn baby can be put at risk by common viral infections such as Flu and Chicken Pox. To find out what vaccinations you should have while pregnant go to the NHS Choices Vaccination Page and look at the Special Groups section.

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