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Children and young people - immunisation

Information about vaccines, disease and immunisation can be found on the NHS Choices website, which contains details of the recommended vaccinations for you and your family.

You can create an interactive planner for your child's routine childhood vaccinations. The timetable has been worked out to help minimise the risk of catching such diseases as measles, meningitis, mumps, polio, rubella, tetanus, whooping cough and diphtheria.

Routine childhood vaccinations start when your baby is two months old and are normally completed by the time they are 18, although teenage years are a key time for some important vaccinations.

Childhood flu immunisation programme 2014

Flu is an acute viral infection of the respiratory tract (nose, mouth, throat, bronchial tubes and lungs) characterised by a fever, chills, headache, muscle and joint pain, and fatigue. The impact of flu on the population varies from year to year including the proportion of people that may be susceptible to infection and the severity of the illness. In July 2012, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation recommended extending the programme to healthy children. This programme will lower the potentially serious impact of flu on those children but should also have a more profound effect on flu transmission. Children are the main source of transmission in the population, and this programme will therefore reduce the spread of infection from children to other children, to adults and to those in clinical risk groups of any age. From September 2014 vaccination against flu will be offered to all children aged two, three and four years of age and children in secondary school years 7 and 8.

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This page was last updated on 3 September 2014