Vaccines work by stimulating our immune system to produce antibodies. Antibodies are substances that fight diseases without infecting us with the disease. If the vaccinated person then comes into contact with the disease itself, their immune system recognises it, and fights it.

Childhood immunisations

As a parent, you may not like seeing your baby or child being given an injection. However, vaccination is an important step in protecting them against a range of serious and potentially fatal diseases. You can decide whether to have your child immunised and should be asked for your consent before each vaccination is given. Vaccinations are quick, safe and extremely effective. If a child isn't vaccinated, they will have an increased risk of catching the illness. View the full list of childhood immunisations and when to have them and Vaccination tips for Parents

Winter vaccinations for Autumn Winter 2023/24

Both flu and Covid-19 are serious illnesses and it is important to protect yourself against them this winter, by having both your Covid-19 and flu vaccinations. The national booking system for vaccinations is now open, and anyone who is eligible is encouraged to book. If you are contacted by the NHS to have your Covid-19 and flu vaccination, please come forward to have them. They will offer you the best protection this winter.

Who’s eligible?

Flu vaccine:

  • Those aged 65 years and over
  • Those aged 6 months to under 65 years in clinical risk groups (as defined by the Green Book)
  • Pregnant people 
  • All children aged 2 or 3 years on 31 August 2023
  • Primary school aged children (from Reception to Year 6)
  • Those in long-stay residential care homes 
  • Carers in receipt of carer’s allowance, or those who are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person
  • Close contacts of immunocompromised individuals
  • Frontline health and social care workers

Covid-19 autumn booster:

  • Residents in care homes for older adults
  • All adults aged 65 years and over
  • People aged 6 months to 64 years in a clinical risk group, as defined in tables 3 and 4 of the Covid-19 chapter of the UKHSA Green Book on Immunisation, including pregnant people
  • Frontline health and social care workers
  • People aged 12 to 64 years who are household contacts of people with immunosuppression, as defined in the UKHSA Green Book
  • People aged 16 to 64 years who are carers, as defined in the UKHSA Green Book, and staff working in care homes for older adults

How to book

Further information: