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Baby and childhood vaccinations

Vaccines are a safe and effective way of protecting your child against harmful infectious diseases. They use the body’s natural defences to build resistance against specific infections and make the immune system stronger.

When to get your baby vaccinated

Your baby should have their first injections at:

  • 8 weeks
  • 12 weeks
  • 16 weeks
  • 1 year

Your GP should contact you before the first injection is due, or you can contact them sooner if you have questions and want further advice.

For more information on vaccinations, visit the NHS website.

Measles vaccinations

Measles is a very contagious disease that can make children seriously unwell if they’re not fully vaccinated. Cases are increasing in London and England.

Find out more on our Measles page.

Update on rise in Whooping Cough cases

We have seen an increase in whooping cough (pertussis) cases recently.

Whooping cough is a very contagious bacterial infection that affects the lungs and airways. It can present serious health risks, often to babies who are too young to be vaccinated.

If you are pregnant

If you are pregnant, protect your baby by getting the Whooping Cough vaccination. When you are vaccinated during pregnancy, your body creates antibodies and passes them on to your baby, protecting them until they can receive their own vaccine at 8 weeks old.

The vaccine is offered after your 20-week scan. If you are 20 weeks or more into your pregnancy and are unsure if you have been vaccinated, please contact your GP or midwife.