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6-in-1 vaccine overview

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Babies are offered the 6-in-1 vaccine to protect them against 6 serious childhood infections, including diphtheria, hepatitis B, tetanus and polio.

Babies are given 3 doses of the 6-in-1 vaccine. The doses are given when your baby is 8, 12 and 16 weeks old.

The 6-in-1 vaccine produces very good immunity to the 6 childhood infections it protects against.

The 6-in-1 vaccine is very safe. It does not contain live viruses or bacteria so it will not give your baby any of the infections it protects against.

There are few side effects from the 6-in-1 vaccine. Common reactions include pain and redness, a high temperature and irritability.

Most babies can have the 6-in-1 vaccine. A baby should not have it if they’re allergic to it, they have a high temperature, or uncontrolled epilepsy.

Page last reviewed: 11/06/2019
Next review due: 11/06/2022