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Babies born early will receive fewer antibodies from their mother, and as a result will be more at risk of infection. It is very important that they receive their vaccines according to the recommended NHS guidelines, which is at eight weeks of age counting from their birth date, not their due date.

It is standard practice to start giving routine immunisations to most babies eight weeks after birth to protect them from common diseases. This is true even if your baby is still in hospital. You will have an opportunity to talk to the nurses and doctors first, and they will ask for your consent before giving your baby any vaccinations.

To view a quick guide to childhood immunisation for the parents of premature babies click here


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