Improving the uptake of immunisation is important to stop the spread of diseases that cause severe ill health or, in some cases, death. We monitor immunisation uptake levels and make plans to improve uptake.
Immunisation is the most effective method of preventing certain diseases to protect and maintain the health of the local population.
Barnet public health team is working closely with Public Health England, NHS England and other key partners to increase immunisation rates across the borough.
Below are the vaccinations available to adults by age or at risk group (information taken from the NHS vaccinations page):
The pneumococcal vaccine protects against serious and potentially fatal pneumococcal infections such as pneumonia, septicaemia (a type of blood poisoning) and meningitis. It's also known as the "pneumo jab" or pneumonia vaccine.
65 Years and Over
- Flu vaccine (every year)
Protect yourself and people around you this winter and get the flu jab!
Getting the flu jab is one of the most effective ways to reduce potential harm from the seasonal flu virus.
Barnet residents who are most vulnerable to flu are being encouraged to protect themselves by getting the flu vaccine.
70 Years (and 78 and 79-year olds as a catch up)
A vaccine to prevent shingles, a common, painful skin disease is available on the NHS to people in their 70s.
The shingles vaccine is given as a single injection into the upper arm. Unlike the flu jab, you'll only need to have the vaccination once and you can have it at any time of the year.
Vaccines for special groups
There are some vaccines that aren't routinely available to everyone on the NHS but are available for people who fall into certain risk groups, such as vaccines for healthcare workers, pregnant women and people with long-term health conditions.
Additional vaccines for special groups include:
- flu jab for pregnant women
- whooping cough vaccine for pregnant women
- flu vaccine for people with long-term health conditions
- hepatitis B vaccination
- TB vaccination
- chickenpox vaccination
- MenACWY for first-time university entrants
There are some travel vaccines that you should be able to have free on the NHS from your local surgery. These include:
Other travel vaccines, such as yellow fever vaccination, are only available privately.
Find out more from the NHS website section on travel vaccines
All information taken from the NHS website
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 catch up later in life. We hope you find these resources useful.