Immunisation is the safest way to protect you and your children from serious diseases.

Vaccines are the reason that diseases such as smallpox, polio and tetanus are gone or seen very rarely.

However, if people stop having vaccines, it's possible for diseases to quickly spread again. There are a range of vaccines available to protect you and your family. If you're unsure, ask your GP or your practice nurse. Read more about the vaccinations for children and adults in the UK.

Vaccinations for children

Children should complete the routine childhood immunisations provided by your GP.

Vaccinations for adults

If you're over 65, or under 65 with a long-term condition, you should think about:

  • Pneumococcal
  • Flu
  • Shingles

If you're pregnant, you should think about:

  • Flu
  • Whooping cough (also known as pertussis)
  • Covid-19

Find out more information about vaccines.

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. If your child (aged 3 years and 10 months) has missed their vaccinations, you can contact the Barnsley School Aged Immunisation team to arrange a vaccination appointment (home visits are offered).

Travel vaccinations

If you're planning to travel outside the UK, you may need to be vaccinated against some of the serious diseases found in other parts of the world. Find out more about travel vaccines.

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