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Visualising childhood vaccination schedules across G8 countries

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 16 November 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5966

Calling the shots
Click here to see our interactive graphic, showing childhood vaccination schedules across the G8 nations.

  1. Peter Doshi, associate editor, The BMJ ,
  2. Will Stahl-Timmins, data graphics designer, The BMJ,
  3. José G Merino, US clinical research editor, The BMJ,
  4. Carolyn Simpkins, clinical director, North America, BMJ
  1. Correspondence to: P Doshi pdoshi{at}

Peter Doshi and colleagues compare the approaches to routine childhood vaccination

The interactive infographic above presents childhood vaccination schedules across the G8 nations. By selecting and deselecting individual vaccines, readers can visually explore similarities and differences in official recommendations. Data are displayed in two graphs simultaneously. The top indicates the cumulative doses over time, while the bottom adds detail: which vaccines at what times.

The data present an overarching message of variations on a theme: substantial similarity but interesting differences. Some countries start vaccinating at birth, others after a month, and some wait longer.

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