Baby Vaccination

By Nomad Mum

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When we started planning our world trip, the first questions that came up were:

  • When can we get the first baby vaccination?
  • What kind of travel vaccination do we need?


First of all, your baby needs to be at least 2 months old for the first vaccination and needs to get follow-up vaccinations thereafter.

We were still in Germany when our baby got it’s first vaccination. The second one we got in Spain – even for free!

These are the usual standard baby vaccinations and timelines (published by the Robert-Koch Institute, recommended by the German STIKO):

Baby Vaccination

There is a 6-fold vaccination in 1 injection for Tetanus, Diphtheria, Whooping cough, Polio, Hepatitis B, and Hib. The vaccination for Pneumococcal disease is a separate one. Rotavirus is also a separate one (oral vaccination) and not mandatory in all countries.

All of the standard vaccinations can be applied at one visit. Hence, you will need to get the first vaccination at 2 months, then at 3 months, 4 months and around 12 months. You may also skip one vaccination or delay it. In this case the vaccine protection will be a bit less.

After the first and second vaccination our baby was a bit crying on the next day. If you should have any side effects, they will usually appear within the next 3 days. Consequently, stay at one place the days after the vaccination, in case you need to visit a physician.


There are two very helpful sites regarding diseases in foreign countries:

To sum up, you need to check for Yellow Fever (South America and Africa) and Malaria (Asia, South America, Africa).  Usually you would not vaccinate for Malaria due to its side affects. Furthermore, Yellow Fever should not be vaccinated before the age of 1. Therefore, we decided not to travel to those countries / areas. Please note, that there are several countries where the risk for these diseases varies across areas. For instance, most of the Brazil coast is save, whereas the inland is not.

Regarding Malaria often the following rule applies: the more rural it gets, the higher the risk for Malaria.


Finally, we decided to travel to Europe in the first 2-6 months and to Sri Lanka, Indonesia (Bali, maybe Java), Thailand thereafter. In these countries/areas you do not have the risk for Yellow Fever and no to low risk for Malaria.

After Asia we are not sure yet where to go next. Do you have any suggestions?


We have also prepared information for medical checkups and a first aid kit for your baby.



8 thoughts on “Baby Vaccination

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  • Tyler Meredith June 28, 2017 at 2:23 am Reply

    It’s interesting that all standard vaccines can generally be applied at one visit. I didn’t know that it could be so easy to get vaccines although it makes sense that getting them at the right time could be a good way to make them easier. I’ll have to keep this in mind for my baby because I don’t want to make any mistakes that could cause problems in the future.

  • Theo October 26, 2017 at 1:51 pm Reply

    The best vaccination is no vaccination.

    • Nomad Mum November 3, 2017 at 6:22 pm Reply

      Sorry, but I totally disagree! There are a lot of good quality medical studies (also without pharmaceutical industries’ sponsoring) proving the clear benefit of vaccinations. Sadly, nowadays there are diseases appearing again (see the Measles outbreaks in Europe last year) that were extinct in the past due to non-vaccinated children and adults. Not only your child should be protected against these partly deadly diseases but also we have to take responsibility for those people who are – due to medical reasons (e.g. cancer patients) – not able to get vaccination.

    • Dorine December 25, 2017 at 9:25 pm Reply

      thank you Theo! Yes, no matter what country one visits with baby or stays at home, best vaccination is no vaccination. I would never put those ingredients in my babies

      • Nomad Mum December 28, 2017 at 10:13 pm Reply

        You are invited to share any kind of scientific studies here to prove your belief. I am very happy to read and discuss them!

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