Immunisation information for health professionals and immunisation practitioners.

Immunisation is the most important way of protecting individuals and the community from vaccine preventable infectious diseases.

‘Immunisation against infectious disease’, also known as the Green Book, has the latest information on vaccines and vaccination procedures for all the vaccine preventable infectious diseases that may occur in the UK.

Health professionals and immunisation practitioners can keep up to date with developments in the field and updates to the Green Book through regular Vaccine update newsletters.

For schedules showing when childhood immunisation should be given, see:

The Vaccination of individuals with uncertain or incomplete immunisation status chart provides information on what to do when patients present with uncertain immunisation histories.

A timeline showing the development and introduction of vaccines in the UK from 1796 to 2013.

The What to expect after vaccinations leaflet describes the side effects that might occur in babies and young children up to 5 years of age.

Recent and new vaccine introductions

New vaccine programmes and changes to existing vaccine programmes are announced in joint letters from the Department of Health, Public Health England and NHS England.

Training slide sets and other resources to accompany these new programmes are also available:


The ImmForm website is the government’s vaccine ordering facility. You need to use Internet Explorer to use the website. There are ImmForm helpsheets to help you use the site.

Immunisation publications

Access current immunisation publications below and order them online. You can also browse an archive of older publications.

Vaccine uptake

Access the latest vaccine uptake guidance and statistics.


Minutes of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) meetings are available for review.

Vaccines and faith communities

Public Health England (PHE) has published advice from representatives of the Jewish community and global Muslim communities regarding porcine or other animal-derived ingredients in medicinal products such as vaccines.

History of measles and rubella vaccination

Human papillomavirus (HPV)

  1. The human papillomavirus vaccine: beating cervical cancer – the facts

    • 30 September 2012
    • Promotional material
  2. Your guide to the HPV vaccination from September 2012: leaflet

    • 30 September 2012
    • Promotional material
  3. Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination consent form

    • 30 September 2012
    • Form
  4. The HPV vaccine: beating cervical cancer – questions and answers

    • 30 September 2012
    • Promotional material

Pertussis (whooping cough)

  1. Whooping cough vaccination programme for pregnant women: extension to 2014

    • 10 May 2013
    • Guidance


  1. TB, BCG and your baby leaflet

    • 29 November 2013
    • Promotional material
  2. Tuberculosis: the disease, its treatment and prevention

    • 10 April 2013
    • Promotional material

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