Does my child need injections before swimming?

Good news: you don’t have to wait until your baby has been immunised to swim.

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Does my child need injections before swimming?

Good news: you don’t have to wait until your baby has been immunised to swim.

5 min read 100%

What are the government recommendations on taking your baby swimming?

Official baby swimming guidelines in a nutshell:

What is the NHS guidance?

The NHS states that babies can go swimming at any time, even before they have been vaccinated, and that it doesn't matter if they haven't completed their course of injections. Their guidance says that leisure centres suggesting that babies shouldn't swim before having all their jabs are offering out of date guidance.

For more details on NHS guidelines for baby swimming and vaccinations, visit the NHS website.

The Department of Health’s recommendation

The Department of Health also recommends that you can take your baby swimming from an early age, so there's no need to wait for them to have all their injections.

Some babies may experience mild side effects after a vaccination, but these shouldn't prevent them from going to the pool. If your baby is feverish or irritable for a time after immunisation, then you might want to wait a few days until your baby is feeling up to swimming.

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