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Vaccinations for adults & older people

Adults and older people are eligible for the following routine vaccinations:


Seasonal flu vaccine

If you are aged 50 or over or have an underlying health condition, you are eligible for a free NHS seasonal flu vaccine. This vaccine helps to protect you from flu and common infections linked to flu, and also protects other vulnerable members of your family and wider community.

If you are eligible, you will usually be called to an appointment at your GP surgery in the autumn. Alternatively you can claim your free seasonal flu vaccine at most community pharmacies. Please make sure you protect yourself by getting your flu vaccine.


Pneumococcal (PPV) vaccine

The pneumoococcal vaccine is routinely offered to people aged 65 and over to help to protect them against pneumococcal infection, which can cause serious illnesses such as sepsis and meningitis. 

The vaccine will usually offered at your GP surgery.


Shingles vaccine

Older people can be more susceptible to shingles, a painful and itchy reactivation of the virus which causes chicken pox. Shingles can be fatal in a small percentage of cases.

The shingles vaccine is offered to people aged 70 and over (up to the age of 80) and is usually delivered at your GP surgery.


HPV vaccination

Having the HPV vaccine can help to prevent a range of cancers and genital warts. 

Gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men can access the HPV vaccine through sexual health services up to 45 years of age.


Vaccinations for work

Many workplaces ask employees to make sure they are fully up to date with routine vaccinations to reduce the risk of illness or disease.  

Some employers ask workers to have additional vaccinations to increase their protection. Some higher-risk job roles may require further vaccinations.

Advice on which vaccinations are recommended for your job role is available from your employer or occupational health department.


Other vaccinations

People with a range of underlying health conditions or who are exposed to greater risk of disease may require additional vaccinations, or additional doses of some vaccinations, to protect them from becoming unwell. 

Guidance and support for people with these underlying conditions or additional risk factors is available on a case by case basis from your GP surgery or specialist team.