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If your baby was born premature or sick, find out what you need to know about vaccinations.

We all have antibodies in our blood. These are proteins produced by the body to fight infections. A baby born at full term gets antibodies from their mother towards the end of the pregnancy.

Babies born premature will receive fewer antibodies, and as a result will be more at risk of catching an infection.

What vaccines are available?

It is important that babies receive vaccines according to the NHS guidelines. These state that a baby’s first vaccinations should be given at 8 weeks of age counting from their birth date, not their due date. Further vaccinations will follow at 12 and 16 weeks. Speak to your GP if you have any questions or concerns.

Additional vaccines against other viruses, such as flu or RSV, may be offered depending on any health conditions your baby may have and if they are considered at risk.

When can my child have a vaccine?

Here is an guide to what vaccines are available and from what age:

For current information on vaccinations for babies, visit the NHS vaccination schedule.