The best way to protect your newborn from serious infections is to have them vaccinated. The Australian National Immunisation Program has been in place for many decades and is very safe.
You can make an appointment with us at Albert Road GP for your baby’s 6 week vaccinations and all subsequent vaccinations they require.
6-Week-Old Baby Vaccinations
The National Immunisation Program Schedule (NIPS) lists all of the immunisations given to you at specific times throughout your life. The NIPS immunisations range from birth through to adulthood. We can answer any questions you may have about your child’s routine immunisations and the NIPS.
Your baby will have had their first vaccinations at birth. Once your baby is 6 weeks old, they are ready to have their next immunisations.
At the 6-week-old immunisations your baby will receive three immunisations, two via injection and one oral vaccine (a small amount of liquid in the baby’s mouth)
- One protects against: diptheria, tetanus, whooping cough, hepatitis B, polio, haemophilus influenzae type B.
- The second protects against rotavirus – this is provided orally, as a medicine.
- The third protects against pneumococcal disease.
Making your baby comfortable during immunisations
Your baby’s immunisations are over quickly, but we are also now that few people look forward to an injection and it can be just as uncomfortable for a parent as the baby!
There are several ways we make immunisations easier.
You are encouraged to hold your baby and comfort them during the procedure. Hugs and cuddles make us all feel better, and your baby is no different, so hold them close and we can quickly complete their immunisations.
Some babies are very happy to feed during their injections, this can provide distraction and comfort, you can also provide a breastfeed straight afterwards if you prefer. For babies not breastfeeding, sucking can also help relieve pain so remember to bring their dummy or have a bottle of formula ready for them.
Book an appointment for your baby by calling our team or directly online at a time that suits you.