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Adult vaccinations

Man recieving his flu vaccine from a nurse in Hackney

Getting vaccinated is a part of everyday life in the UK. Vaccines save millions of lives all over the world and diseases like smallpox and polio, which used to kill or disable millions of people, have now disappeared or are seen very rarely.

Most vaccines are given in childhood, but eligible adults are offered two routine vaccines once they reach a certain age (the shingles and pneumococcal vaccines), plus seasonal flu and Covid-19 vaccines every year.

Routine vaccines

Vaccine Who is eligible Disease it protects against

Shingles

  • When you turn 65.

  • To anyone aged 70 to 79 who missed one at 65.

  • People aged 50 and over with a weakened immune system.

Pneumococcal

  • People aged 65 and over
  • Meningitis (an infection in the brain and spinal cord).

  • Sepsis (a life-threatening reaction to an infection).

  • Pneumonia (an infection in the lungs)

Seasonal vaccines

Vaccine Who is eligible Disease it protects against

Covid-19

In winter:

  • People aged 65 or over
  • Children and adults with certain long-term health conditions
  • People who live in a care home
  • Pregnant women
  • People who are the main carer for an older or disabled person, or receive a carer's allowance
  • People live with someone who has a weakened immune system
  • Frontline health and social care workers can also get a Covid-19 vaccine through their employer.

In spring:

  • People aged 75 or over
  • People with a weakened immune system
  • People who live in a care home

Pneumococcal

  • People aged 65 or over
  • People with certain long-term health conditions
  • Pregnant women
  • People who live in a care home
  • People who are the main carer for an older or disabled person, or receive a carer's allowance
  • People live with someone who has a weakened immune system
  • Frontline health and social care workers can also get a flu vaccine through their employer.
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