Immunisation

Scared baby at injectionWe will discuss immunisation in more detail when your baby has been
born, but it is important for you to know why your baby needs
immunisations, when they will take place and what will happen.

Why?

Immunisations will help to protect your baby from serious diseases. If your baby comes into contact with the disease, the antibodies will recognise it and be ready to fight off the
infection.

Doctor and babyHow?

  • You will receive an appointment for your baby through the post (so it is important to tell your Health Visitor or Doctor if you change address).
  • Most doctor’s surgeries or health centres run special immunisation clinics.
  • If you can’t get to the appointment, contact your doctor’s surgery to make another appointment.
All childhood immunisations are free
  • The person giving the injection (usually the Practice Nurse or GP) will talk through the injection with you and discuss any questions you may have.
  • The injection is usually given into the muscle of the thigh or upper arm.
  • You may want to take someone with you to hold your baby while they have their injection.
  • After the injection your baby may cry for a few minutes but they usually settle down after a cuddle.
  • Sometimes babies get a temperature and the site where they had the injection may be a bit red, swollen or tender.
  • If they do, you can give a dose of paracetamol or ibuprofen liquid but also keep your baby cool and give them plenty to drink.

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