Is Immunisation Linked to Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy?

No. The peak age of SIDS is the same age that babies are most often immunised (two to four months of age), so by chance they can occur at the same time.

However, there is strong evidence to show that immunisation is not associated with SIDS and that immunised babies are actually at a lower risk, so immunise your baby on time.

Red Nose recommends immunisation for babies for many health benefits including a lower risk of SIDS. Immunisation is a simple, safe and effective way of protecting people against some diseases. The risks of these diseases are far greater than the risks of immunisation.

For further in depth information on this topic, see our Red Nose Information Statement Immunisation.

Last modified: 26/4/20