Immunisations at eight weeks

July 18, 2016

It’s 3am and I’m up with Little M and all I can think about is what’s happening later today. Today Little M is a whole eight weeks old (where did that go?!) and in around eight hours she’ll be having her first set of immunisations.

I’m sitting here reading the letter that I received last week that reminds me to book an appointment and details the vaccines included in this round of immunisations:


Haemophilus Influenza Type B

Whooping Cough

Pneumococcal Infection




Meningitis B

Gosh. There must be an awful lot of chemicals in that little syringe. I hate the thought of them all flowing around in her perfect little body.

Having said that, a quick google of that (not so) little list and you soon realise that the alternative to the vaccines does not bear thinking about. Don’t worry, I’m not about to become an anti-vaxxer any time soon. She needs to have the immunisation and I will get over it!
If I’m honest, I’m actually more worried about the aftermath. The meningitis B vaccine can apparently cause a fever. Selfishly, I’m worrying about how on earth I’m going to deal with Little M when she’s got that going on, on top of the usual feeding-changing-sterilising-expressing cycle that is our daily lives. And in this heat, which sent her completely out of kilter yesterday, too.

But I’m armed with calpol (which of course I’ve read all about dosage etc etc but will still be quadruple checking with the nurse at the surgery!) so hopefully the effects will be minimal. It’s just that fear of the unknown thing, you know?

I’ll let you know how we get on, once we’ve come out the other side!

How did your little one get on with their eight week immunisations? I’d love to hear from you in the comments.

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5 responses to “Immunisations at eight weeks”

  1. Kaye says:

    Aw, it is the worst seeing them go through that but the alternative is much worse. My son is 2.5 and is having the Meningitis B jab on Friday and I feel even more worried as he hasn’t had any for probably over a year! The good thing about babies is they forget pretty fast. Hope it goes well. Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays. Kaye xo

    • Jules says:

      Yesterday was pretty rough but I think we’re out the other side. I hope your little boy is okay on Friday xx

  2. Helena says:

    I’ve got this all to come with our second baby. She seems so tiny to be given it. I’ve heard varying things about calpol so please be careful. #MarvMondays

    • Jules says:

      Yes, we followed the calpol instructions to the letter and, while yesterday was a difficult day, she didn’t develop a fever and seems much brighter today.

  3. Aw I hope she was okay and didn’t suffer too much afterwards…I know what you mean, to me it’s a no brainer and you have to get them done…but Emma reacted quite badly to them in terms of sleep and tummy trouble so it’s tough nonetheless 🙂 #marvmondays

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