- More detailed information about infectious diseases
- Manufacturers' information about vaccines
- Official UK organisations involved with immunisation
- Other websites
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More detailed information about infectious diseases
The Green Book is the UK Department of Health's guide to Immunisation Against Infectious Disease. It is aimed at healthcare professionals who immunise, and has the latest information on vaccines and vaccination procedures in the UK.
Public Health England publishes statistical data about infectious diseases:
- hepatitis B
- Hib disease
- HPV (additional data on cervical cancer from Cancer Research UK
- influenza (seasonal flu)
- meningococcal disease
- pertussis (whooping cough)
- pneumococcal disease
- tuberculosis (TB)
Manufacturers' information about vaccines
All drugs have both a Summary of Product Characteristics (SPC) and a Patient Information Leaflet (PIL) associated with it. These documents contain much of the same information, but are written with different audiences in mind: the SPC is aimed at medical professionals, while the PIL is aimed at patients. People without a medical background are advised to use the PILs as they are easier to understand. However, we have given links to most of the SPCs as well. (Department of Health advice is based on the most up-to-date information on each vaccine and may be slightly different from the information in some of the SPCs and PILs.)
The list below contains all the vaccines currently used in the UK by the NHS. Other vaccines have been licensed for use in the UK and may occasionally be used (for example, by private providers). If in doubt ask for the trade name of the vaccine and a copy of the Patient Information Leaflet.
5-in-1 DTaP/IPV/Hib vaccines:
Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine:
Nasal flu vaccine:
Pre-school booster vaccines:
Inactivated flu vaccines: several different makes of flu vaccine are licensed each year for use in the UK. For more information, ask for the Patient Information Leaflet for the vaccine you are offered.
Pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine:
Hepatitis B vaccines: several different makes of vaccine are licensed for use in the UK. For more information, ask for the Patient Information Leaflet for the vaccine you are offered.
- BCG vaccine made by Statens Serum Institut: SPC not currently available
- BCG vaccine made by InterVax: SPC
Official UK organisations involved with immunisation
The UK government's advisory committee on vaccination: the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation
Moving and informative personal stories can be found at:
- Meningitis Research Foundation - Book of Experience
- Meningitis UK - Personal Stories
- Robert Booy's Chain of Protection site has films and interviews with parents affected by infectious diseases.
- Shot by Shot - stories of vaccine preventable diseases has written stories and films about people affected by infectious disease
The History of Vaccines is an educational website created by The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, one of the oldest medical societies in the United States.
The Vaccine Education Center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is a US website with detailed informationabout vaccines and infectious diseases.
The World Health Organization has a list of websites worldwide that meet its Vaccine Safety Net criteria .
NaTHNaC (the National Travel Health Network and Centre) provides up to date and reliable information on travel vaccines for UK travellers on its Travel Health Pro pages. NaTHNaC is commissioned by the UK government through Public Health England.
The Understanding Health Research website has a useful online tool for making sense of health studies.