Childhood immunisation

Immunisation is the most effective method of preventing certain diseases to protect and maintain the health of the local population.

Barnet public health team is working closely with Public Health England, NHS England and other key partners to increase immunisation rates across the borough

Routine vaccines are offered free on the NHS according to an immunisation schedule. If your child has missed a vaccine, it may be possible for them to receive it later in life so talk to your GP or practice nurse

For more information on vaccinations take a look at Public Health England's immunisation guidance and leaflets for parents

Flu vaccine for your child

Talk to the GP, practice nurse or your child's school nurse if you want more information about when and how your child can be vaccinated against flu.

Nasal spray vaccine

The vaccine is given as a single spray squirted up each nostril. Not only is it needle-free – a big advantage for children – the nasal spray is quick, painless, and works even better than the injected flu vaccine. The vaccine is absorbed very quickly. It will still work even if, after the vaccination, your child develops a runny nose, sneezes or blows their nose

In the Autumn/Winter of 2018-19, the vaccine will be available free on the NHS for eligible children, including:

  • children aged 2 and 3 on 31 August 2018 – that is, children born between 1 September 2013 and 31 August  2016
  • children in reception class and school years 1,2,3,4 and 5
  • in some parts of the country, all primary school-aged children will be offered the vaccine (following a pilot in some areas)
  • children aged 2 to 17 with long-term health conditions

Your child's GP or school should contact you about getting them vaccinated. If you haven't heard from them, contact them directly to make an appointment. 

The MMR vaccine

  • The MMR vaccine provides protection against measles, mumps and rubella over two doses of single injections.
  • Measles, mumps and rubella are highly infectious conditions that can have serious and potentially fatal complications.
  • Recent data from Public Health England indicates that rates of MMR vaccination in children in Barnet are lower than national targets.
  • Different countries offer different immunisations and not all use the combined MMR vaccine. If you were born or brought up abroad you may have had only one dose or may not have had the recommended vaccine. Discuss this with your GP to ensure that you and your child are protected against all three conditions.

For more information about measles, take a look at Public Health England's Measles Factsheet (PDF 240 KB).