The NHS offers vaccinations for certain diseases routinely, free of charge, to patients in the appropriate age group (for example pneumococcal (PPV) vaccines for patients aged 65 or influenza vaccinations each year for patients aged 65 and over) or in special groups (such as pregnant women). All vaccinations dispensed by a GP within UK primary care are collated in the GPrX dataset.
Influenza vaccinations accounted for 94% of vaccines prescription items in 2018. Typhoid, hepatitis A and diphtheria vaccinations together accounted for a further 5% of prescription items.
For a prescribing data snapshot, please see the RxIndex below.