Should my baby be immunised?

At 8 weeks, we recommend that your baby has the first dose of immunisations. This is the first dose in a course of immunisation that will protect your baby against serious infections. Further doses are given at 12 weeks and 16 weeks of age.

The following link explains the Immunisation Schedule

Why are babies vaccinated so early?

It is important for babies to be protected as early as possible. Many of these diseases can be particularly serious in young babies.

Are there any side effects?

There are side effects for some babies. These can include:

  • Redness, tenderness or swelling where they had the injection
  • Being irritable
  • Have a temperature or fever.
  • Babies having rotavirus vaccine may get mild diarrhoea.


For more information on immunisations download this booklet