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My baby was premature – should they wait until they're older for their routine vaccinations?

Page last updated 01 July 2022

No. If your child is otherwise healthy and medically stable, infants can be vaccinated according to the usual schedule recommended by the National Immunisation Program (NIP), without correcting for their premature birth. However, it is advisable to check with your healthcare professional.

Sources & Citations

7. Australian Government. Department of Health. Australian Immunisation Handbook. Vaccination for preterm infants. Available at: (accessed June 2022).

MAT-AU-2201303  Date of preparation June 2022