Privacy, cookies and accessibility

Privacy policy

Public Health England has published a personal information charter explaining our standards for handling your data.

Accessibility policy

We aim to ensure that the information on this site can be used by people who have visual, hearing, movement or learning impairments. We try to ensure that it is usable with a broad range of operating systems, browsers, and specialist assistive technologies.

We aim to comply with the UK government standards minimum recommendation of: Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 1.0 AA.

The Government Digital Service has provided links help with using the internet or if you have any accessibility issues.

Cookie policy

About cookies

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site. They are not used to identify you personally and they do not collect information from your computer.

This website uses both session cookies, which are deleted when you exit the browser, and persistent cookies which are stored on your computer for a defined length of time, or until you choose to delete them.

This article gives more information on Internet browser cookies.

Current cookies

The following section explains the cookies we use and why.

By using our website, you agree that we can place these types of cookies on your device, unless you explicitly choose to reject cookies. Note that rejecting cookies may prevent some functionality from working fully.

Google Analytics

Performance cookies (either session or persistent) collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to find out how many visitors we have to the site, how they use the site and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.

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  • Name: utma
  • Type: Persistant cookie
  • Expires: 2 years
  • Name: utmb
  • Type: Persistant cookie
  • Expires: 30 minutes
  • Name: utmc
  • Type: Session cookie
  • Expires: when you exit the browser
  • Name: utmz
  • Type: Persistant cookie
  • Expires: 6 months

How to control and delete cookies

Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit

To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit Google Analytics opt-out.

Terms and conditions

View the PHE terms and conditions.

Last modified: Tuesday, 12 July 2016, 9:20 AM