Quick question: when do we immunise premature babies

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When babies are born prematurely, at what age do they get their immunisations?

Babies should receive their immunisations based on their actual age (not corrected age). So if a baby was born at 26/40 and is four months old today (i.e. it is four months since they were born), they should receive their four month immunisations today.

As a rule: weight and development are based on corrected age; birthdays and immunisations are based on actual age.

See the immunisation schedule here.

About the authors

  • Tessa Davis is a Consultant in Paediatric Emergency Medicine at the Royal London Hospital and a Senior Lecturer at Queen Mary University of London.

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