Baby Vaccinations and Screening Tests

baby being vaccinated

Baby vaccinations

One of the best ways to protect your baby against diseases like measles, rubella, tetanus and meningitis is through immunisation. Once we have been immunised, our bodies are better able to fight those diseases if we come into contact with them

Your baby needs their first injections at 8 weeks old, and then at:

  • 12 weeks
  • 16 weeks
  • 12 Months 
  • 3 years, 4 months 

Vaccinations are completely free of charge – just book your appointments with your GP.

Remember - as well as protecting your own baby, you're also protecting other babies and children by preventing the spread of disease.

Visit the Immunisations page on the Better Lives Health Futures website to find out about immunisations for your baby or pre-school aged child, including how to find out about your appointments and what to expect.

Newborn screening tests

You will be offered newborn screening tests for your baby soon after they are born, these screening tests are recommended by the NHS. This is because results from these tests can help make sure that your baby is given appropriate treatment as quickly as possible if needed.

It is important to think carefully whether you want to have these screening tests. Your decisions will be respected, and health care professionals will support you. Ask your midwife or doctor for more information about newborn screening

The NHS have also made a video that explains more about the newborn screening tests: