In order to be as healthy as possible and to prevent all kinds of diseases, your kid must take all the required vaccines. But do you know which vaccines your kid needs?
If you are a new and maybe inexperienced parent, maybe you don’t know which vaccines your kid needs. That’s why we’re here!
These are the routine vaccinations that all kids must take.
5-in-1 vaccine – protects against tetanus, diphtheria, cough, whooping, polio and Hib (Haemophilus influenzae type b). It’s given to kids at two, three and four months of age.
Pneumococcal or pneumo jab (PCV) – protects against some types of pneumococcal infection and it’s given at two, four and 12-13 months of age.
Rotavirus vaccine – protects against rotavirus infection, which is the common cause of childhood diarrhea and sickness. This vaccine is given at two and three months of age.
Meningitis C (Men C) – protects against meningitis C and it’s given to children at three months and 12-13 months of age, and also as a teenage booster at age 13-15 .
Hib/Men C (booster) – protects against haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) and meningitis C and it’s given at 12-13 months of age.
MMR – protects against mumps, rubella and measles. This vaccine should be taken by children at 12-13 months and at three years and four months of age.
Children’s flu vaccine – protects against flu. It’s given annually as a nasal spray in September-October for kids at the age of two, three and four.
4-in-1 pre-school booster – protects against polio, tetanus, diphtheria, whooping and cough. This vaccine is given at three years and four months of age, or very soon after.
HPV vaccine (for girls only) – protects against cervical cancer and it’s given at 12-13 years as two injections at least six months apart, but no more than 24 months apart.
3-in-1 teenage booster – protects against diphtheria, tetanus and polio and it’s given to teenagers (13-18 years old).
These vaccinations are optional and not mandatory. They are for babies and children who belong in the group called “at-risk”. So please check with your doctor if these are vaccines your kid needs!
Chickenpox vaccination (varicella) – protects against chickenpox. This vaccine is needed by siblings of children who have suppressed immune systems and are susceptible to chickenpox. For example, because they have had an organ transplant or they’re having cancer treatment. The chickenpox vaccine may be given to kids from one year of age upwards. Children from one year to 12 years need one dose, while children aged 13 years or older need two doses, four to eight weeks apart.
BCG (tuberculosis) vaccination – protects against tuberculosis (TB). This vaccine is given to babies and children who have a high chance of coming into contact with tuberculosis, from birth to 16 years of age.
Flu vaccination – protects against flu. This vaccine is given to kids who have weak immune system or kids with certain medical conditions. For children between the ages of six months and two years, it’s given as a single injection every year in September-November, but for children aged two to 17 years of age, it’s given as a nasal spray every year also in September-November.
Hepatitis B vaccination – protects against hepatitis B. This vaccine is given to babies who are born to infected mothers or children who are at high risk of exposure to hepatitis B. It can be given at any age. There will be four doses given over 12 months.