Being fully up to date with you and your family’s immunisations allows children to grow up healthy, keeps adults safe and protects your community.
Why should I get immunised?
Immunisation is a way of protecting against serious diseases. Once you have been immunised, your body is better able to fight these diseases if you come into contact with them.
What vaccines will I be offered and when?
NHS Scotland provides a number of vaccinations for people at different stages in their life.
Pregnancy and baby
The vaccines you'll be offered during pregnancy, and your baby will be offered after birth, include the:
- Whooping cough vaccine
- Flu vaccine
- Coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine
- MMR vaccine
- 6-in-1 vaccine
- MenB vaccine
- Rotavirus vaccine
- Pneumococcal vaccine
- Hib/MenC vaccine
Some babies will be offered additional vaccines if they are high risk for other conditions.
Children from 2 to 11 years
The vaccines you'll be offered for your child include the:
Young people from 12 to 25 years
The vaccines that will be offered to young people include the:
- Td/IPV vaccine
- Meningitis ACWY (MenACWY) vaccine
- MMR vaccine
- HPV vaccine
- Coronavirus (covid-19) vaccine
Some young people with medical conditions may be offered additional vaccinations.
Older adults over 65 years
The vaccines that you'll be offered as an adult over 65 years include the:
Children and adults without a spleen (asplenia)
In addition to routine immunisations, children and adults without a spleen will be offered the following additional vaccines:
Before you travel, it is important to see if you need any vaccinations.
The vaccines offered in Scotland have been tested for safety and effectiveness. Their safety continues to be monitored while they are in use.
Leaflets about immunisations are available in a range of other languages and formats, including Arabic, Polish, Mandarin (simplified Chinese), BSL, Easy Read and Audio.
What are the benefits of immunisation?
When enough people are vaccinated against an infection, it's more difficult for the infection to spread to those who are not immunised. This is called herd immunity or population protection.
Getting all the vaccinations you're eligible for protects you and those around you at work, home, and in your community from serious diseases.
How do I get my immunisations?
You'll be invited for any routine immunisations that you or your child are eligible for. This will either be by letter or by your local health board getting in touch by phone.
If you or your child have missed a vaccination appointment, please follow the instructions in your invitation letter or contact your local health board to rearrange your appointment.
If you think you or your child have missed out on a routine immunisation, phone your local health board. They will be able to advise if it is clinically appropriate for you to have a routine vaccine that you have missed.