Immunisation

Immunisation is one of the most important weapons for protecting individuals and the community from serious diseases. The DH offers the public and health professionals clear, evidence-based information about different diseases, the possible side effects of immunisation and available vaccines.

To view all the current information on immunisation, visit the immunisation channel.
View previous versions of the Department’s immunisation web content.

Young girl after booster injection

Whooping cough webchat on Netmums

Parents are being invited to send in their questions about whooping cough ahead of a webchat scheduled for Tuesday 5 February. Dr Dawn Harper, from Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies programme, … Read more → – Whooping cough webchat on Netmums

‘Catch it. Bin it. Kill it.’ campaign to help reduce flu infections

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A campaign is launching today to encourage the public to adopt good respiratory and hand hygiene practices – to ‘Catch it. Bin it. Kill it.’ – to help stem flu … Read more → – ‘Catch it. Bin it. Kill it.’ campaign to help reduce flu infections

Update on use of antivirals for flu prevention and treatment published

The Chief Medical Officer and Chief Pharmaceutical Officer have written to the NHS to advise that antiviral medicines may now be used for the prevention or treatment of flu in … Read more → – Update on use of antivirals for flu prevention and treatment published

Winterwatch launches for 2012

From today, Winterwatch will bring you regular updates about how the NHS is coping with the increased demands on its services in the cold winter months and weekly information on levels … Read more → – Winterwatch launches for 2012

Public health commissioning in the NHS from 2013

The NHS Commissioning Board (NHS CB) and the Department of Health have published their detailed agreement showing how the NHS CB will drive improvements in the health of England’s population … Read more → – Public health commissioning in the NHS from 2013

New vaccine to help protect babies against rotavirus

A new vaccination programme, planned to begin in September 2013, will see children under 4 months vaccinated against the highly infectious rotavirus. Causing around 140,000 diarrhoea cases a year in … Read more → – New vaccine to help protect babies against rotavirus

Plans set out to prepare NHS for winter

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Plans have been set out to help people keep well this winter and help the NHS prepare for winter and meet the increase in winter-related health problems always seen at … Read more → – Plans set out to prepare NHS for winter