Changes to this year’s immunisation schedule
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Changes to this year’s immunisation schedule

Helen Donovan Public health adviser, Royal College of Nursing, Immunisation and health protection
Helen Bedford Senior lecturer, Children’s health University College London Institute of Child Health, London

Helen Donovan and Helen Bedford outline the new programme of vaccinations being offered to children and older patients

The Department of Health has made significant changes to the universal immunisation schedule: two doses of rotavirus vaccine are to be offered for all infants, influenza vaccine for all two-year-old children and a shingles vaccine for all 70 year olds. In addition, one dose of meningococcal C vaccine for infants will be dropped and another added to the teenage booster. All these changes will be of benefit, but will require additional resources and some parents may be unclear about the advantages to their child of the additional vaccines.

Primary Health Care. 23, 6, 24-27. doi: 10.7748/phc2013.


Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Received: 30 May 2013

Accepted: 31 May 2013