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.