Throughout your baby’s first year, they will have to undergo a number of immunisations to help them ward off certain diseases. For some mums, it can be hard to understand what and why their baby is being prodded but knowing what each is for will settle your nerves.
In the first month of your child’s life they will be given the BCG which will help protect against tuberculosis.
Another two vaccinations will be given when your baby is two months old. One will be the first of three rounds of the 6-in-1. This will help protect your child against diphtheria, whooping cough, polio, Hepatitis B, tetanus and Haemophilus Influenzae Type B (HiB). They will also get a Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PVC) which will help prevent against Streptococcus pneumonia – a bacteria that is serious in the very young.
At the age of four months, your baby will get their second round of the 6-in-1. They will also get the Meningococcal C Vaccine which can help prevent serious illness caused by meningitis
Your little one will get their final 6-in-1 and another Meningococcal C Vaccine at this stage. They will also get their second and final Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PVC) at the same time.
When your little one reaches their first birthday, they will be administered the MMR vaccine. This will help protect them against measles, mumps and rubella.
After your little one has been given the vaccinations, you may notice they develop a mild fever, pain or swelling around the area, vomit or show signs of diarrhoea. Your child may also show signs of the illness they have been vaccinated agains. For instance, the MMR might cause swollen glands or a measles-like rash. However, not all of these will happen immediately after the vaccination, in fact, two weeks after getting the MMR your infant may develop a rash and a fever. If you are ever concerned about anything to do with your baby’s health, especially after a routine vaccination, talk to your GP or midwife.
Your infant will undergo a number of vaccine boosters when they are in school. All vaccinations are free of charge, including the boosters.