According to the World Health Organisation, immunisation prevents between two and three million deaths around the world, annually.
Is your child’s vaccinations up to date?
Download the updated vaccination schedules for both the state and private sector below to check.
Handy tips when taking your child for vaccinations:
- Stay calm and be strong. When you’re anxious, your baby tends to be more anxious as well, and may cry more than usual.
- Distract your little one while he’s getting his shots. Get Dad to pull some funny faces at him, sing a familiar song to your little one, take a mobile with, which you can hang above him, or shake a rattle to distract him.
- With older children, asking them to close their eyes and talk about their favourite cartoon character can work wonders.
- If you’re breastfeeding, feed your little one while he’s getting his shots, or place him onto your breast immediately after he gets his vaccinations – this is comforting for both Mom and Baby.
- Don’t administer pain and fever medication directly after the vaccination. Rather wait and see if Baby develops a fever of 38 degrees or more before administering the medication.
- Although your little one may cry a little bit, he’ll be very forgiving once you distract him with kisses and cuddles.