Common Queries About Immunizations in Preterm Infants

Pediatr Ann. 2018 Apr 1;47(4):e147-e153. doi: 10.3928/19382359-20180320-01.


Preterm infants are at an increased risk of morbidity and mortality from vaccine-preventable diseases. Despite this, delays in routine immunization of preterm infants are common. Available guidelines clearly state that they should be immunized according to chronological age, irrespective of gestational age and birth weight or current weight. In this article, we try to assuage parental and provider doubts by reviewing data about immunogenicity, safety, and responses to routine immunizations in preterm infants with and without comorbidities. We also look at evidence for other strategies to help protect this fragile population. [Pediatr Ann. 2018;47(4):e147-e153.].

MeSH terms

  • Attitude to Health*
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Humans
  • Immunization / adverse effects
  • Immunization / methods*
  • Immunization / psychology
  • Immunization Schedule*
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Infant, Premature
  • Parents / psychology
  • Vaccines / administration & dosage*
  • Vaccines / adverse effects


  • Vaccines