Vaccines protect baby from numerous illnesses. For example, in France, some are compulsory: diphtheria, tetanus and polio.
Others are recommended: MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella), whooping cough, haemophilus influenza, meningococcus. Serious and even fatal illnesses have been practically eradicated thanks to large-scale, systematic vaccination. But we must remain vigilant, and vaccination must continue in order to protect each new generation of children.
These visits can be a source of stress for children. You can reassure them by clearly explaining what is going to happen and that you will be there for them. Don’t forget their favourite cuddly toy! Creams or special patches are also available, which will soothe the pain of the injection. Health professionals will be able to give you information.