There are routine vaccinations that are offered free of charge on the NHS to all babies and children in the UK.

The current vaccination schedule can be found on the NHS Website - Childhood Vaccines

If you're not sure whether you or your child have had all your routine vaccinations, ask your GP or practice nurse to find out for you. It may be possible to catch up later in life.

What you can expect after vaccinations

After a vaccination, your baby may cry for a little while, but that usually settles soon with a cuddle or a feed. Most babies don’t have any other reaction.

Reactions at the site of the injection

Some babies have some swelling or redness where the injection was given and it may be sore to touch. This usually only lasts two to three days and doesn’t need any treatment.


Some babies may also develop a fever (a temperature higher than 37.5°C). For most vaccinations, this occurs within two to three days of the injection. If the vaccine is MMR, the fever comes on 6-10 days after the injection. If your baby feels hot you can take their temperature using a thermometer. If your baby has a fever

  • Make sure that they do not have too much clothing on or bedding over them
  • Give them plenty of cool fluids
  • Do not put them in a bath, sponge them down or put a fan on them

Most of the time, a fever does not need treatment. However, if your baby seems miserable, they can have a dose of infant paracetamol or ibuprofen. The dose is on the bottle and it is very important not to give too much. It is not recommended to give medicine before or after a vaccination to prevent a temperature. Aspirin should never be given to children under 16 years old, unless prescribed by a specialist.

After MMR

The MMR vaccine contains weakened (‘attenuated’) measles, mumps and rubella viruses. Occasionally children may develop mild measles, mumps or rubella. After six to ten days, they may have a fever, be off colour and develop a measles rash. Two to three weeks after the injection, they may have a fever and swollen glands like mumps. Much less commonly they may have a rash and fever 12-14 days after the vaccine. None of these reactions are infectious. Any other reaction is very uncommon.

If you are worried about a reaction, especially if your baby has a temperature 39-40°C or above, or has a fit, contact your GP or call 111.

More information about vaccines can be found in the booklet “A guide to immunisations up to 13 months of age”.



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