Vaccinations are routinely offered to your newborn, it is entirely up to the parents whether or not to get your newborn vaccinated. In my opinion, I think it is good to get your newborn vaccinated to provide him/her with the best immunity possible. It is important to ensure babies are protected against certain diseases as they can be serious in young babies.
With NHS childhood immunisation programme, babies are given their immunisations at 8 weeks, 12 weeks and 16 weeks with further immunisations given at 1 year old. The vaccines given are:
- DTaP/IPV/Hib as known as 5-in-1 vaccine provides protection against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough (pertussis), polio and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) – at 8 weeks, 12 weeks and 16 weeks
- MenB provides protection against Meningococcal group B disease – at 8 weeks and 16 weeks
- Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) provides protection against pneumococcal disease – at 8 weeks and 16 weeks
- Rotavirus provides protection against rotavirus (given orally) – at 8 weeks and 12 weeks
Your baby might get some mild side effects after immunisations. These are:
- Redness, tenderness or swelling at injection site
- A small lump at injection site, it may lasts for a few weeks but will slowly disappear
- A mild fever may develop (more common when the MenB vaccine is given with the other routine vaccines at 8 and 16 weeks)
- May feed poorly and be a bit irritable
Always trust your instincts, if you feel something is not right contact your GP right away.