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  1. Some vaccinations are provided free, but you will have to pay for others. The provision may vary from one country to another.

    Childhood vaccinations

    All your child’s routine vaccinations are free of charge. This includes all vaccines recommended from birth to the age of 18.

    Flu vaccine

    The annual flu vaccine is offered free of charge to:

    • young children
    • pregnant women
    • anyone aged 65 and older
    • anyone with an increased risk of serious complications from flu

    Shingles vaccine

    A vaccine to prevent shingles, a painful skin disease, is available free of charge for people in their 70s.

    Pneumococcal vaccine

    The pneumococcal vaccine, which protects against infections such as pneumonia and septicaemia (blood poisoning) is one of the free childhood vaccinations but it’s also offered free to adults at higher risk of developing a serious health condition from a pneumococcal infection.

    Hepatitis B vaccine

    The hepatitis B vaccine is generally given free of charge to people considered to be at high risk of catching the hepatitis B virus, such as people who inject drugs or who change their sexual partner frequently.
    However, your GP is not obliged to give the hepatitis B jab free if:

    • they think you’re not at risk
    • you need the jab because of your job

    Some employers may have arrangements with a GP or other healthcare service to provide the vaccine free for their employees.
    If you need the hepatitis B jab because you’re travelling abroad, you will have to pay for it.

    Chickenpox vaccine

    The chickenpox vaccine is usually provided free only for:

    • people who haven’t had chickenpox before who are likely to come into close contact with someone who has a weakened immune system
    • healthcare workers who haven’t had chickenpox before

    Travel vaccinations

    Some travel vaccines, such as cholera and typhoid vaccines, are generally free, but you will have to pay for others such as yellow fever vaccination.

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