There’s no need to do anything special to get your baby ready for vaccinations.
Babies can usually get their vaccinations on time, even if they are feeling a little unwell. If your baby has a high fever or if you are worried they are too unwell to go ahead with the vaccinations, give your doctor or nurse a call. They will let you know if you should come in, or if you need to make an appointment for another day.
Some children feel a little unwell for a day or two after they get their vaccinations. Most babies find sucking comforting and research has found it actually relieves pain, so your baby might want to breastfeed, or suck a dummy more often for a few days.
You’ll need to take your baby’s health record booklet with you (that’s the one you were given in hospital or at the birth centre when your baby was born). Your doctor or nurse will make notes in the booklet about your baby’s growth and development and write down the details of the vaccinations they had.