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

Page last updated 27 July 2020

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 14 May 2020).

MAT-AU-2000085 - Date of preparation July 2020