Baby immunisations although unpleasant are extremely important help your baby avoid the opportunity of getting particularly nasty and fatal diseases. Some of the immunisations come in injection form, usually into the thighs, and some are given orally by a non tasting solution by syringe.
Here’s the breakdown of what to expect and when.
- 8 Weeks
5 in 1 vaccine – single injection. Protects against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough (pertussis), polio and Haemophilus influenza.
The pneumococcal vaccine – single injection. Protects against the potentially fatal pneumococcal bacterial infection.
Rotavirus vaccine – administered orally. Protects against the rotavirus sickness bug.
Men B vaccine – single injection. Protects against meningitis.
- 12 weeks
5 in 1 vaccine – single injection. Second dose.
Men C vaccine – single injection. Protects against meningitis C.
Rotavirus vaccine – oral. Second dose.
- 16 weeks
5 in 1 vaccine – single injection. Third dose.
Pneumococcal vaccine – oral . Second dose.
Men B vaccine – single injection. Second dose.
- 1 year
Hib/Men Booster – single injection. Further dose.
MMR – single injection. Protects against common measles, mumps and rubella.
Pneumococcal vaccine – oral . Third dose.
Men B – single injection. Third dose.
Popular questions about immunisations…
How do I make an appointment for my babies immunisations?
You do not need to make an appointment. As long as you have registered your baby with the doctors and have your red book you will receive a letter with details inviting you to attend.
Can I refuse my baby to have the immunisations?
Yes, you will be asked by the nurse administering the injections if you wish to go ahead. You can say no at this point and a note will be written in your baby’s notes.
My baby is sick – should they still have the immunisations?
Yes, if your baby has a cough, common cold, sickness bug etc. they may still have the immunisations as planned. But it is worth mentioning to the practitioner.
Can my baby go swimming before they’ve had their immunisations?
Yes. There seems to be a common myth that babies should wait until after their immunisations to go swimming for the first time, but this is not true.
Should I give my baby calpol before their immunisations?
No. Again, there seems to be a myth that babies ought to have calpol to ease the pain, when in fact it may interfere with effectiveness of the jabs. With one exemption which is the 16 week jabs when the nurse will probably tell you at your previous appointment to give your baby calpol first to regulate their temperature.
Why do some parents refuse to have their babies immunised?
Whether you have your baby immunised or not is a personal choice – you have a right to decide. Some parents use that right to refuse. Some may feel the trauma of injections outweighs the risk of getting the diseases. Some believe the immunisations carry greater risk of allergic reactions to the injections or oral solution itself. There is also an argument (which may or may not be true, further research is needed) that immunisations may lead to autism.