Vaccines are recommended for children aged 12 and teenagers to boost immunity and to protect against cancer.


Including tetanus, diphtheria and polio – boys and girls aged 14 (Year 9). 


Flu vaccine will be offered between Years 7 and 11.

Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

For boys and girls aged 12 to 13 (Year 8). This vaccine gives protection against the most high-risk strains of HPV including ones which cause cervical, mouth and genital cancers.

MenACWY vaccine

For boys and girls aged 14 (Year 9). Single dose.

This vaccine gives protection against meningococcal disease caused by four types of the Neisseria meningitidis bacteria, A, C, W and Y (MenA, MenC, MenW and MenY). Meningococcal disease is a major cause of meningitis and septicaemia. This vaccine does not protect against MenB.

Clinically vulnerable 

Young people, who are at increased risk from Covid-19, can have a Covid-19 vaccine. Local NHS services (such as your GP practice) will invite eligible children for their vaccinations and arrange their appointments. 

Where to have the vaccines

These will be offered by the school aged immunisation service (SAIS) via your child’s school. If a child is home educated, they will also be offered the vaccine at a community clinic. SAIS can be contacted on 0300 123 5205.

Find more information about school-aged immunisations.