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Scottish Immunisation & Recall System (SIRS)

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Scottish Immunisation & Recall System (SIRS)

A primary aim of the Scottish Immunisation & Recall System (SIRS) is to ensure that children under the age of six years receive the appropriate immunisation according to the UK childhood immunisation schedule. SIRS calls children when a scheduled vaccination is due and allows recording of immunisation data.


SIRS began in 1987 and has been used by all NHS boards since 2002 when it incorporated the GIRS (Grampian Immunisation & Recall System).

Who uses SIRS?

The two principal groups of users are health professionals (such as health visitors, GPs, practice nurses) and staff responsible for immunisation administration within an NHS Board.

After an immunisation contact has taken place the immunisation details are keyed into the system by administrative staff.

Analyses available

Data recorded on SIRS are used to monitor immunisation uptake rates at 12 months, 24 months, 5 years and 6 years and are published quarterly.


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