We all have antibodies in our blood. These are proteins produced by the body to fight infections. Babies born at full term get antibodies from their mothers towards the end of the pregnancy. Babies born early will receive fewer antibodies, and as a result will be more at risk of catching an infection. It is important that they receive vaccines according to the NHS guidelines. These state that a baby’s first vaccinations should be given at eight weeks of age counting from their birth date, not their due date. Speak to your GP if you have any questions or concerns.
Additional vaccines, such as the flu vaccine or vaccines against other viruses, may be offered to you and your baby if they are at particular risk.
For current information on vaccinations for babies, visit the NHS vaccination schedule.