Changes to this year's immunisation schedule

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The Department of Health has made significant changes to the universal immunisation schedule: two doses of rotavirus vaccine are to be offered for all infants, influenza vaccine for all two-year-old children and a shingles vaccine for all 70 year olds. In addition, one dose of meningococcal C vaccine for infants will be dropped and another added to the teenage booster. All these changes will be of benefit, but will require additional resources and some parents may be unclear about the advantages to their child of the additional vaccines.

Helen Donovan and Helen Bedford outline the new programme of vaccinations being offered to children and older patients

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