Immunisations: key points

  • Immunisation is one of the most important tools for protecting individuals and the community from serious infectious diseases.
  • The Scottish Immunisation Programme routinely offers children protection against Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (whooping cough), Polio, Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib), Meningococcal disease, Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), Pneumococcal disease, Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Rotavirus and Influenza.
  • A range of other vaccines are offered to individuals belonging to specific groups or those at risk e.g. flu vaccine for those over 65 years of age, health care workers, pregnant women, and those with specific long-term health conditions or children with medical conditions from 6 months of age.
  • For children, uptake rates for the five-in-one vaccine (for diptheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio and Hib) and the primary pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) remained above 97% and reached over 97% for the primary MenC vaccine in 2014. Trend data show a general increase in Scotland level uptake rates of MMR1 at 24 months, 5 and 6 years from 2003 and in 2014 rates stood at around 96%, 97% and 97%, respectively.
  • For teenagers, HPV vaccine uptake was around 90% for the first dose in 2014/15 and for the MenC and Td/IPV (diptheria, tetanus and polio)¬†boosters uptake was above 85% for S4 pupils.
  • For older adults, flu vaccine uptake was lower at the start of 2016 compared to the equivalent period in previous years, and shingles vaccine uptake was between 55-60% in 2014/15.

Section updates:

  • The last review of this section was completed in June 2016.
  • The next review / update is due to be carried out by end June 2017.