Improving the uptake of childhood, teenage and adult immunisation is important to prevent the spread of infectious diseases, which can cause severe ill health and, in some cases, death. For information on the national schedule for immunisations which is delivered in Tower Hamlets do access the link at the bottom of this page.

In Tower Hamlets a majority of vaccinations can be obtained through local general practices apart from those for school aged children which are delivered through primary and secondary schools. Currently for the childhood vaccination programmes Tower Hamlets is achieving uptake levels similar to England and above the London averages and is one of the top performing boroughs in the delivery of the flu vaccination during the winter months.

Work we are doing locally to tackle this issue

Public health monitors immunisation the coverage levels of all the immunisation programmes delivered locally and works with key stakeholders to develop and promote initiatives to improve services. 

Some initiatives have included:

  • running workshops for parents in the community to promote specific vaccinations
  • a short film on YouTube to promote the MMR for Somali community with English subtitles
  • working closely with GP practice teams and providing regular reports to indicate how well they are performing on this programme of work using local media to promote current or new vaccination programmes
  • running a key stakeholder meeting to oversee the monitoring and  delivery of this public health programme


There are a range of vaccination programmes in the national schedule which are delivered in Tower Hamlets:

  • 0- to 5-year-olds – preventing a range of diseases including Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Meningitis, Pneumonia, Rotavirus, Diphtheria, Tetanus, Whooping cough, TB, Polio, Hepatitis B,and seasonal flu
  • 12- to 13-year-old girls – HPV vaccination to prevent cervical cancer in adulthood
  • 14- to 15-year-olds – school leavers’ booster to provide further protection from diphtheria /polio and whooping cough (given at secondary schools) and Men ACWY vaccination to prevent Meningitis
  • Pregnant women – who receive the pertussis vaccination to prevent new born infants from contracting whooping cough
  • Over 65yrs, pregnant women and those under 65 with specific medical conditions who receive the seasonal flu vaccination (September to January each year)
  • Pneumococcal vaccination for over 65 years and those under 65 years with chronic health conditions
  • Shingles vaccination for all those reaching 70years together with a catch-up programme for those in their 70’s

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