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Enhancements to the UK immunisation schedule

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Enhancements to the UK immunisation schedule Enhancements to the UK immunisation schedule

All children age two will be offered a nasal flu vaccine from September, instead of the following year as originally proposed.

Pilots to vaccinate primary and pre-school aged children will run in some areas to ensure the NHS is ready to roll out the programme to all pre-school and primary school children next year. Pilots for secondary school children will run in some areas in 2014, ahead of a nationwide programme in 2015.

Meanwhile, a rotavirus vaccination programme will start in July for children under four months and, from September, there will be a shingles vaccination programme for people age 70, with a catch-up programme for those aged up to, and including, 79.

A teenage booster jab for meningitis C given at age 12-13 will replace the booster given at four months old as evidence shows the latter is no longer required. It will be offered in the 2013/14 academic year.

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