Vaccines are usually given by injection (jag), but some are given as a nasal spray (by nose) or as an oral liquid (by mouth). See link 2 below for more information.
Some vaccines have to be given more than once to boost your child’s immunity and make sure they've the best, longer-term protection as they grow. See link 3 below for more information.
It’s important that you follow the immunisation schedule, but if your child has missed any vaccines, they can still catch up on most of them. Make sure you speak to your health professional to arrange a new appointment. See link 4 for more information.
Your child will be offered the MMR vaccine between 12 and 13 months and again at around 3 years, 4 months of age. This protects against measles, mumps and rubella. It’s important not to delay your child’s MMR vaccine. See link 5 for more information.
Rotavirus is a virus that infects the gut (tummy), causing severe diarrhoea and vomiting. Sickness and diarrhoea caused by rotavirus can lead to dehydration (loss of body fluids). Dehydration can be very dangerous for babies and young children and can require hospital treatment. The rotavirus immunisation protects a baby against this illness and it is normally given with the baby’s other routine immunisations at 8 weeks and again at 12 weeks of age. Your local health board will invite you for the vaccination, so there's no need to book an appointment. See link 6 for more information.
You can also find out more on our Children's immunisation pages.