Your baby’s vaccinations: Everything you need to know
Vaccinations help lay the foundations for your baby’s lifelong health. This article answers some common questions, so you’ll know exactly what to expect.
Soon after your baby is born, you’ll be offered a vitamin K injection for them. This is not actually a vaccine but a high dose of the vitamin, to aid blood-clotting. You can choose to give your baby vitamin K orally, via drops, over a period of days and weeks instead of through injection – or may decide not to give them the supplement at all.
Your baby will be offered these vaccinations1:
If you are planning to travel in their first year, check with your healthcare professional if your baby needs additional immunisation. Some vaccines, like hepatitis A, typhoid and cholera, should be free through the NHS.
1. Gov. UK. The routine immunisation schedule [Online]. Available at:
Schedule_SUMMER16_A4_16.pdf [Accessed: December 2016].
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