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30 January 17

When it comes to ensuring the health and happiness of your children, vaccination is the first place to start. Vaccines protect children from certain avoidable diseases and are a promise of prevention that lasts a lifetime.

Here’s 5 vaccinations recommended for your child:

1. Polio Vaccination

Polio is contagious virus that attacks the nervous system. Usually affecting children of a young age (younger than 5) it can result in deformity and paralysis. WHO strongly recommends vaccinating your child against polio.

Age to be vaccinated at: 2 months / 4 months / 6-18 months

Frequency of vaccination: Once with booster

2. Hepatitis A. Vaccination

Hepatitis A is caused by the Hepatitis A virus, which results in the inflammation of the liver. It can damage the liver function and lead to permanent complications.

Age to be vaccinated at: 12 months

Frequency of vaccination: Twice (2nd shot 6-18 months after the first)

3. Hepatitis B Vaccination

Hepatitis B is a liver infection caused by the Hepatitis B virus. It can affect children of all ages can result in chronic and acute diseases. The disease is easily preventable by vaccination.

Age to be vaccinated at: Within 24 hours of birth

Frequency of vaccination: 3 – 4 booster shots (over a 6 year period)

4. Influenza (Flu) Vaccination

Influenza is a contagious disease that can result in hospitalization. Influenza vaccination protects your child against three flu viruses, namely influenza A (H1N1) virus, influenza A (H3N2) virus, and influenza B virus.

Age to be vaccinated at: 6 months and older

Frequency of vaccination: Annually

5. MMR Vaccination

The MMR vaccination is a combination of vaccines that offer protection against three childhood diseases, namely measles, mumps and rubella.

Age to be vaccinated at: 12 – 15 months of age

Frequency of vaccination: Twice (2nd dose from 4 – 6 years)

At Oyster & Pearl Hospitals, we have over 60 years of experience in mother and child care.