This section is part five of the Public Health England UK immunisation schedule, which was last updated by PHE in January 2020. View the full range of schedule documents here.
- It is important that premature infants have their immunisations at the appropriate chronological age (counted from their date of birth), in accordance with the national routine immunisation schedule.
- As the benefit of vaccination is high in this group of infants, vaccination should not be withheld or delayed.
- As the occurrence of apnoea following vaccination is especially increased in infants who were born very prematurely, specific guidance on the immunisation of premature infants in Chapter 7 and the disease specific chapters should be followed.
Selective immunisation programmes
- There are a number of selective immunisation programmes that target children and adults at particular risk of serious infections, such as hepatitis B, hepatitis A, influenza, Hib, meningococcal and pneumococcal infection.
- Other vaccines, including BCG, HPV, hepatitis B and hepatitis A, are also recommended for individuals at higher risk of exposure to infection, due to lifestyle factors, close contact or recent outbreaks in their community.
- Individuals at risk of exposure through their work should be advised about any required vaccinations by their employer or their occupational health service (Chapter 12).
- For more information, please see Chapter 7 and the disease specific chapters.
Public Health England. UK immunisation schedule: the green book, chapter 11. January 2020.
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Published date: January 2020.
PHE UK immunisation schedule (Green Book chapter 11)
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