COVID-19: Newborn Baby checks at 8-weeks to include vaccination
Parents are being offered the usual six-week health check for new babies at eight weeks – so they can get their first childhood vaccinations at the same time. It is important to attend the baby check as it ensures your baby is healthy and well.
It may be that your GP does some of the baby checks over the phone- your surgery will let you know.
Keeping your child vaccinated is even more important than ever during the Covid-19 pandemic. Serious childhood illnesses such as Measles are a big risk to the community if childhood immunisation levels fall behind. But you can keep your child safe by getting them immunised. You can find out more here or talk to your surgery.
Your GP surgery will take all possible precautions to protect you and your baby from COVID-19. You should still bring your child for their vaccinations unless they are unwell (check with your GP whether you should still attend) or if anyone in your household is self-isolating because they have been in contact with someone with COVID-19. In these circumstances please rearrange your appointment.
Vaccines are the most effective way to prevent other infectious diseases. Babies and toddlers, in particular, need vaccinations to protect them from measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), rotavirus, diphtheria, whooping cough, meningitis, polio, tetanus, hepatitis B, TB and more.
Talk to your GP practice to find out more.