Even though babies get most antibodies to help fight and prevent infections through the mother’s placenta and breast milk, there are certain common childhood illnesses which they can still catch. Some can be serious, so it’s important to vaccinate your baby on time according to the vaccination schedule provided by your paediatrician.
Vaccines have been developed to immunize babies against diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), polio, measles, mumps, rubella (German measles), hepatitis A and B, and haemophilus infections (which can cause meningitis and other diseases). A DTP injection also helps safeguard against tetanus. While some immunizations are taken together, others are taken separately.