2014/15 Vaccination and immunisation 


31 / 8 / 2016 Midnight

Immunisation is one of the most successful and cost-effective public health interventions and a cornerstone of public health. High immunisation rates are key to preventing the spread of infectious disease, complications and possible early death among individuals, and protecting the population’s health through both individual and herd immunity.  

Following recommendations from the Joint Committee on Vaccinations and Immunisations (JCVI), a number of programmes are commissioned for delivery by general practice. This includes those which are legally directed by the Secretary of State for Health to establish or offer, and those NHS England has prescribed. Some enhanced services (ES) delivered by GMS practices have payments directed in the statement of financial entitlements (SFE). The full set of enhanced services can be found on the NHS England webpage.

A number of changes were agreed to the vaccination and immunisation programmes for 2014/15. This section sets out which programmes continue without alteration, those where there have been some changes made and a number of new programmes being introduced in 2014/15.

The following programmes continue unchanged:

  • childhood immunisation 
  • shingles (routine aged 70) vaccination programme which includes: 
  • shingles catch-up campaign 
  • shingles vaccination programmes FAQs
  • pertussis (pregnant women).

There have been some changes to the following programmes:

  • childhood influenza vaccination scheme  Seasonal influenza and pneumococcal polysaccharide
  • shingles catch-up  
  • rotavirus (routine childhood immunisation)
  • measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) (aged 16 and over).

A number of new programmes were introduced in 2014/15:

  • hepatitis B (new born babies)
  • meningococcal C (MenC) freshers.

The pertussis (pregnant women) vaccination programme does not have supporting guidance but the specification provides further details and continues as a temporary programme until further notice.

For further information relating to these programmes see the Vaccination and immunisation programmes 2014/15 guidance and audit requirements. Please note, the seasonal influenza chart on pages 33 and 46 has since been updated by Public Health England.

Download the Technical requirements for 2014/15 GMS contract changes.  

Access the Read codes for the seasonal influenza and pneumococcal vaccination programmes. In October 2014, a further code for the administration of Fluenz Tetra was added to the vaccine codes worksheet.

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