Vaccination Schedule

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Vaccination schedule varies depending on your country of residency. The schedule is a series of vaccination doses and their timing when they should be administered to children and adults in the prevention of getting infected by contagious and harmful diseases.

Following the recommended schedule of your child’s immunization lessens his risks in catching infectious diseases that threatens his health as well as in keeping him protected from vaccine – preventable diseases. If you have missed any of your child’s shots it is not too late to catch up and start. Consult your child’s paediatrician when a shot is missed and he will update you on your child’s immunization.

Most doctors and parents prefer to use single shot combination vaccines wherein a child gets numerous vaccines with one single shot and not go through a lot of injections. MMR and DTaP are two examples of combination vaccines.

Recommended childhood vaccines and their schedule of administration:

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B vaccine is composed of 3 doses. The first dose should be given at birth to 2 months, second dose from 1 to 4 months and the last and third those when your child reaches 6 to 8 months.

Hib Vaccine

Hib vaccine is administered in 4 doses with the first dose being given at 2 months, second dose at 4 months, third dose at 6 months and the final dose is given when your child is 12 to 15 months old.

Polio Vaccine

Polio vaccine is given in four doses starting from 2 months, second dose at 4 months, third dose at 6 to 18 months and the fourth dose when your child is 4 to 6 years old.

DTaP Vaccine

First dose of DTaP vaccine starts at 2 months, followed by second dose at 4 months, third dose at 6 months, fourth dose when your child is 15 to 18 months. The last dose should be taken when your child is 4 to 6 years old. The DTap vaccine is also recommended to be taken when you child reaches the age of 11.

Pneumococcal Vaccine

Pneumococcal vaccine should be administered when your baby reaches her second month followed by the second dose at 4 months, third dose at 6 months and the final dose is given when the baby reaches 12 to 18 months.

Rotavirus Vaccine

The first dose of rotavirus vaccine is given when your child is two months old and the second dose is given when he reaches 4 months. The last and final dose of the vaccine is taken when your child reaches 6 months.

Hepatitis A Vaccine

The first dose of hepatitis A vaccine should be given when your child reached 12 months and it should be followed by a second dose when he is 18 months old.

Influenza Vaccine

Influenza vaccine’s first dose is given when your child is 6 months and requires a booster a month after its initial vaccine. Thereafter, your child should be vaccinated yearly until he is 5 years of age depending on the risks.

MMR and Varicella Vaccine

The first doses of MMR and varicella vaccines are given when your child is between 12 to 15 months old. The second doses should be done when he is between 4 to 6 years old.

Meningococcal Vaccine

This is a single dose vaccine that should be given when your child is 11 years old.