Immunisation

Immunisation helps give your baby the best start in life.

Before I’m pregnant

  • See your health care worker to check you have had the immunisations to protect you and your baby. 
  • You may have had immunisations when you were a baby. You may also have had immunisations at school. Your health care worker can contact Hunter New England Population Health and search for your school immunisation record to see if you are up to date. If you have missed any vaccines you can still have them if you want.
  • Ask your family members who are still at school to have their needles. 

During the pregnancy

The influenza and whooping cough vaccines are very helpful and safe to have when you are pregnant. They can help protect you and your baby, as well as other family members. See your health care worker for both these vaccines during your pregnancy.

To help protect your new baby the other people around your baby should also get vaccinated. The baby’s father, grandparents, aunties, uncles and other family members can have a whooping cough vaccine and an influenza vaccine before baby is born.

When baby arrives

You will be offered a Hepatitis B vaccine for your baby on the day of the birth. It is a good idea for baby to have this needle because Hepatitis B is an infection that can make newborn babies very sick.

Baby needs a few vaccines at different times in the first year of life. It is really important to have these vaccines on time to protect your baby.

Have your baby immunised at:

  • 6 weeks old
  • 4 months old
  • 6 months old
  • 12 months old
  • 18 months old
  • 4 years of age

The schedule is available here

If you need help getting your baby vaccinated on time you can speak to your health care worker or Natalie Allan, Aboriginal Vaccination Liaison Officer at Hunter New England Health – phone 6764 8037.

FREE public health immunisation clinics are also held regularly around the district. The schedule is available here.

Vaccines are safe and effective. You and your baby need vaccines as part of healthy pregnancy and for a healthy baby.