Immunisations and vaccinations

Immunisation is a way of protecting ourselves against serious diseases. Once you have been immunised your body should be able to fight those diseases against which you have been vaccinated.  

The NHS provides a list of the vaccines that are routinely offered to everyone in the UK free of charge and the ages at which they should ideally be given. 

If you're not sure whether you or your child have had all your routine vaccinations, ask your GP or practice nurse to find out for you. It may be possible to book an appointment to catch up too. 

Try to have your vaccinations delivered on time to ensure protection. If you're not going to be able to get to the GP surgery when a vaccination is due, talk to your doctor, as it may be possible to arrange to have the vaccination at a different location. 

View the guidance information below or go straight to the All About Vaccinations page on the NHS website. 


COVID-19 vaccine 

For information about the COVID-19 vaccination and clinic locations, please visit our COVID-19 vaccinations webpage. 


Seasonal flu vaccine 

For information about the COVID-19 vaccination and clinic locations, please visit our seasonal flu vaccinations webpage. 


Polio Booster vaccination 

The NHS is inviting children aged one to nine in your borough to receive a dose of a vaccine against Polio. For some children this will be an additional booster dose if they are already up to date with their routine vaccinations, in others who are not up to date it will be a catch up dose. 

Polio is an infection caused by a virus that attacks the nervous system and can cause permanent paralysis of muscles. It is rare but can be very serious for unvaccinated people. 

Traces of poliovirus have been found in sewage in some London boroughs and the best way to protect your child is to make sure they are fully up to date with vaccinations. Both the booster dose and routine vaccination will increase your child’s protection.  

You will be contacted by the NHS to book a vaccination appointment for your child. The vaccine has been safely used in millions of children and will give them a high level of protection from poliovirus. 

You can find more information about polio and the vaccination programme on the GOV.Uk website. 

If you’re not registered with a GP you can either register online or contact your GP surgery by phone or email. It's free to register and you do not need proof of address or immigration status, ID or an NHS number. You can find out more at 

Find a GP on the NHS website

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