2015/16 Vaccination and immunisation

Doctor and baby

02 / 7 / 2015 3.13pm

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 enhanced services webpage.

A number of changes have been agreed to the vaccination and immunisation programmes. Listed below are details of the programmes that continue without alteration, those where there have been some changes made and new programmes being introduced in 2015/16. 

The following programmes continue unchanged: 

  • childhood immunisation (targeted programme)
  • hepatitis B (newborn babies)
  • measles mumps and rubella (aged 16 and over) 
  • pertussis (pregnant women)
  • rotavirus.

There have been some changes to the following programmes: 

  • childhood seasonal influenza
  • seasonal influenza and pneumococcal polysaccharide
  • meningococcal freshers
  • shingles (routine)
  • shingles (catch-up).        

 A number of new programmes are being introduced in 2015/16: 

  • human papillomavirus (HPV) booster
  • meningococcal booster.                         

The detail of these programmes are available in the Vaccination and immunisation programmes 2015/16 guidance and audit requirements.

The Technical requirements for 2015/16 GMS contract changes document can also be downloaded.

Update June 2015

In June 2015, the Department of Health (DH) announced the delivery of two new vaccination programmes by general practice. The two programmes are: 

  • meningococcal B (MenB) infants (updated July 2015 to remove exclusion to vaccinate children over 5 months)
  • meningococcal ACWY (MenACWY) 18 years on 31 August.
The introduction of the MenACWY programme led to an amendment to the meningococcal freshers programme.

    The requirements for these two new programmes are available in the NHS England service specification.

    In addition there have been amendments to the meningococcal freshers service specification to avoid overlap of age ranges and enable patients to  be vaccinated against both MenW and MenC using the new meningococcal ACWY quadrivalent vaccine. The amended service specification is available from the NHS England website .

    Download a summary of the new and amended programmes.

    The vaccinations and immunisation programmes guidance and audit requirements and the technical requirements document will be updated in due course to reflect the new and amended meningococcal programmes.

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