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Childhood Immunisations

Immunisation Information

Information before your child has Immunisations:

Babies born on or after 1st October 2016 are offered the vaccines below:

AGE                       Vaccination

2 MonthsVisit 1 :  6 in 1 + PCV + MenB + Rotavirus (3 Injections + Oral Drops)
4 MonthsVisit 2: 6 in 1 + MenB + Rotavirus (2 Injections + Oral Drops)
6 MonthsVisit 3: 6 in1 +PCV + MenC (3 Injections)
12 MonthsVisit 4: MMR + Men B (2 Injections)
13 Months

Visit 5: HIB/MenC + PCV (2 Injections)

Can I give my baby anything before they are vaccinated?

You can give your baby milk to drink a few minutes before their vaccination. This can help reduce pain at the injection site.

DO NOT GIVE PARACETAMOL TO YOU BABY BEFORE YOU COME TO THE SURGERY.

Should I get anything before my baby's Vaccination?

Yes. Before your baby's first injections, you should buy some liquid infant paracetamol (120mgs/5Ml). This will reduce the fever after their MenB vaccines at 2 and 4 months.

What can I expect after my baby's 2 and 4 months vaccinations?

A fever is common after MenB Vaccine.

Should I give my baby anything after their 2 and 4 month MenB Vaccines?

You should give your baby 3 doses of liquid paracetamol after the 2 and 4 months visits.

  1. Give 2.5mls (60mg) of liquid infant paracetamol at the time of the immunisations or shortly after.
  2. Give a second dose of 2.5mls (60mg) 4 to 6 hours after first dose.
  3. Give a third dose of 2.5mls (60mg) 4 to 6 hours after second dose.

If your baby weighs less than 3.5kg (7lb 7oz) at the 6 weeks check, they will need to be re-weighed when the get vaccinated so you can give them the correct dose of paracetamol.

What common reactions can my child get after being vaccinated and what should I do?

Common Reaction                            

At 2 and 4 months (Visits 1 and 2)

A fever is common after MenB vaccine
  • Give liquid infant paracetamol
  1. Give 2.5mls (60mg) of liquid infant paracetamol at the time of the immunisations or shortly after.
  2. Give a second dose of 2.5mls (60mg) 4 to 6 hours after first dose.
  3. Give a third dose of 2.5mls (60mg) 4 to 6 hours after second dose.
  4. Give a fourth dose 4-6 hours after the third dose. If you baby still has a fever.
Soreness, swelling and redness in the area where the injection was given.
  • Make sure clothes are not too tight or rubbing against the area where the injection was given.
Mild diarrhoea after the rotavirus vaccine
  • Give extra milk to drink.
  • Wash your hands carefully after changing and disposing of your baby's nappy.

Common Reaction                        

At 6, 12 and 13 months (visit 3, 4 and 5)

Soreness, swelling and redness in the area where the injection was given.
  • Make sure clothes are not too tight or rubbing against the area where the injection was given
  • Give paracetamol or ibuprofen to relieve aches and pains.
Fever
  • Do not overdress your baby
  • Make sure their room isn't too hot.
  • Give extra fluids to drink
  • Give paracetamol or ibuprofen to lower the fever.

Headache or irritability
  • Give paracetamol or ibuprofen to relieve aches and pains.

                           



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