Young adults 20 to 24 years

Information about recommended immunisations for young adults between 20 and 24 years of age, including any new vaccines you may have missed.

It's never too late to be fully protected. Although there are no routine immunisations advised for young adults, you can make sure all your immunisations are up-to-date by checking out our online immunisation schedule. You may have missed out as new vaccines have been introduced in the last few years.

For example, many young adults have only had a single dose of MMR vaccine or have not had the opportunity to get the recently introduced vaccine that helps protect against MenACWY. As many people are not fully protected, outbreaks of diseases such as mumps occur where lots of young people gather together, such as colleges, universities, barracks and prisons. These diseases have not disappeared and can have serious consequences, including meningitis, infertility and damage to unborn babies.

If you think you may not be fully protected, speak to your doctor or practice nurse, or call the NHS inform helpline on 0800 22 44 88 for more information.

Immunisations at 20 to 24 years:

Influenza (Flu) vaccine*
Helps protect against flu. 

Helps protect against measles, mumps and rubella.

Helps protect against meningitis and septicaemia caused by meningococcal bacteria A, C, W, and Y.

Pneumococcal vaccine*
Provides some protection against a form of bacterial meningitis caused by pneumococcal bacteria, as well as other conditions such as severe ear infections and pneumonia caused by pneumococcal bacteria.

*Advised for young people with heart, lung, kidney, liver or other long-term health problems.

More information:

For advice and information on any health topic, you can call the NHS Helpline on 0800 22 44 88 (8am–10pm, 7 days).

Last reviewed on 25 August 2016

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