Immunisation helps our children avoid diseases which can cause them serious harm. It is your choice however, if you want to have your child immunised or not.
The timetable of recommended vaccines is called The National Immunisation Schedule - visit their website Opens in new window It shows when a person should receive each routine immunisation, starting at 6 weeks old.
Getting your baby vaccinated at the recommended times gives them the best protection against disease. It’s better for your baby to be immunised on time, but if they are late, you can usually catch up.
Have a look at the timetable. If you’re not sure whether your child has been immunised, or if you think anyone in your family may have missed out on immunisations, talk to your doctor or nurse.
Points to remember:
- The benefits of immunisation far outweigh the risks
- Immunisations begin when your child is 6 weeks old
- Getting your baby vaccinated at the recommended times will give them the best protection against disease
- Your doctor or practice nurse can give the immunisations