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Vaccinations and Immunisations

Adult Immunisations

Most of these vaccinations are available at no charge, providing that you meet NHS eligibility criteria.


If you suffer with asthma, lung disease, heart disease, kidney disease, have had a splenectomy or you are over 65 years of age you should have an influenza vaccination every October. Saturday flu clinics are available in September / October, subject to demand and vaccine availability.


You are eligible for the shingles vaccine if you are aged 70 or 78 years old.

In addition, anyone who was previously eligible but missed out on their shingles vaccination remains eligible until their 80th birthday.

You can have the shingles vaccination at any time of year, as soon as you turn 70 or 78.

The shingles vaccine is not available on the NHS to anyone aged 80 or over because it seems to be less effective in this age group.


 People over 65 only need a single pneumococcal vaccination, which will protect for life. It's not given annually like the flu jab.

People with a long-term health condition may need just a single one-off pneumococcal vaccination or five-yearly vaccination, depending on their underlying health problem.

Pertussis in Pregnancy

Pregnant women can help protect their babies from contracting whooping cough by getting vaccinated – ideally from 16 weeks up to 32 weeks pregnant. If for any reason you miss having the vaccine, you can still have it up until you go into labour.


A full course (three injections) for those previously un-immunised and two further boosters ten years apart is considered sufficient protection.


A full course for those previously un-immunised. For those exposed to a continuing risk of infection a booster dose every ten years.

Travel Vaccinations

Travel advice and immunisations are offered, however please ensure that you book the appointment at least 6 weeks before you travel. Please note that there is a charge for some of these vaccinations and Yellow Fever vaccination can only be administered at Church Street.

Childhood Immunisations

There are very few real contra-indications that apply to any of the childhood immunisations. If you have any doubts or anxieties, talk it over with your health visitor.

Routine Immunisation Programme

Each vaccination is given as a single injection into the muscle of the thigh or upper arm.

When to immunise Diseases protected against
Two months old Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) Pneumococcal disease
Rotavirus (from July)
Three months old Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio and Hib
Meningococcal group C disease (MenC)
Rotavirus (from July)
Four months old Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio and Hib
Pneumococcal disease
Between 12 & 13 months old - within a month of the first birthday Hib/MenC
Pneumococcal disease
Measles, mumps and rubella (German measles)
Three years four months old or soon after Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and polio
Measles, mumps and rubella
Girls aged 12 to 13 years old Cervical cancer cased by human papillomavirus types 16 and 18 (and genital warts caused by types 6 and 11)
Around 14 years old Tetanus, diphtheria and polio
Non-routine immunisations
When to immunise Diseases protected against
At birth  
(to babies who are more likely to come into contact with TB than the general population) Tuberculosis
At birth  
(to babies whose mothers are hepatitis B positive) Hepatitis B
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