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Immunization schedule for children

Immunization forms one of the most important and cost effective strategies for the prevention of childhood sicknesses and disabilities and is thus a basic need for all children. The following schedule has been recommended by the Ministry of Health, Govt. of India and is one of the most widely followed by  the child health care providers.

NATIONAL IMMUNIZATION SCHEDULE

BENEFICIARY AGE VACCINE
Infants Birth BCG* and OPV**
  6 weeks DPT&OPV
  10weeks DPT&OPV
  14 weeks DPT&OPV
  9 months Measles vaccine
  18 months DPT&OPV(Booster dose)
Children 5 years DT vaccine
  10years Tetanus toxoid
  16years Tetanus toxoid
*At birth or at the time of DPT/OPV ; 
** dose called as Zero dose and can be given till 14 days of age ,if missed early.

ABBREVIATIONS: BCG=Bacillus calmittee Guerin; 
DPT=Diphtheria,Pertussis & Tetanus;
OPV =Oral Polio Vaccine; 
DT=Diph & Tetanus vaccine.
 

THE INDIAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS

The largest professional organisation of pediatricians in our  country fully endorses and supports the national schedule. It supplements the above schedule further ,with 2 additional vaccines namely Hepatitis B  vaccine to be given in three doses (at birth, one month and six months of age.). The IAP also recommends MMR (Measles,Mumps & Rubella vaccine) at about 15 to 18 months of age.  It must be remembered that even though rubella may appear to be a mild illness, it has a serious potential to cause congenital defects in a baby ,whose mother is not protected against rubella and catches the infection during early pregnancy.

The decision to use the newer vaccines such as Hepatitis A vaccine(Water borne jaundice), Hem.B vaccine and Varicella (chicken pox) vaccine can vary amongst child practitioners and both the parents and the doctor can discuss their usage for their child, as presently, these vaccines are not included in the routine immunization program of our country. Their rational use should be based upon the cost, child's age, parent's concerns, exposure risks to the child and the doctor - parent decision. 

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Name: hanadi
Country: Sudan

i didn't find the up to date the Sudanese schedual of immunization
 
Name: yash
Country: India

Helpful article..
 
Name: siya
Country: India

can some1 help me to understand this article???
 
Name: Erwin Alber
Country: New Zealand

I have yet to see any evidence which shows that vaccinations are of any benefit to anyone except the people who profit from this ugly and brutal money-making racket. Vaccines are neither safe nor effective and are completely unnecessary for a child's health and development. The DPT vaccine and the genetically engineered hepatitis B and HPV vaccines are probably the worst vaccines of the lot, but all vaccines are highly toxic and only cause harm, such as ear infections, allergies, asthma, eczema, diabetes, neurological disorders including ADHD,autism and other developmental problems, cancer and many other disorders, as well as death. http://www.ageofautism .com/2009/02/m anaging-editor s-note-below-i s-the-story-of -iam-gromowski -a-boy-who-liv ed-47-days-aft er-his-hepatit is-b-vaccinati on-thank.html Parents who want healthy children should therefore keep them vaccine-free. "Vaccines contain substances which are so noxious that they should not ever be injected into a human body." Dr Viera Scheibner PhD, Australia "Belief in immunization is a form of delusional insanity." Dr Herbert Shelton, USA For further information, visit the 'Vaccination Information Network' (VINE) on Facebook.
 
Name: fife
Country: Zimbabwe

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Name: gg
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Name: ahmed
Country: Saudi Arabia

vaccination schedule
 
Name: Dr muhammad ismail khan sherpao
Country: Pakistan

hay, wanna need 100% information aboutvaccination schedule in pakistan. will be very thankyfull.
 
Name: Docar Damba
Country: Malawi

immunisations are a better key to achieving counries set goals
 
Name: Dr.DileeP Motiani
Country: Pakistan

yellow fever required for all travelers greater than one year of age arriving from or transiting through a yellow-fever-infected area in africa or the americas. not recommended otherwise.
 
Name: Dr.Amer
Country: Iraq

vaccination protect your child from serious diseases
 
Name: Dr.Amer
Country: Iraq

vaccination protect your child from serious diseases
 
Name: Maricel
Country: Thailand

hello, what type of vaccine for a 9year old boy, he was born in korea and had a korean vaccine since 2007 i was told that his next vaccine when he age at 9yrs but we are now risiding in thailand. thanks
 
Name: mero
Country: Egypt

plz i want to know immunization schedule for egypt
 
Name: knw
Country: Sri Lanka

please send me most recent immnunisation programm in sri lanka
 
Name: kshyama
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need to see national immunisation orogramm in sri lanka
 
Name: Joy
Country: South Africa

can you please forward me the most recent immunization schedule in south africa?
 
Name: mittal
Country: India

i wouid like to know immunization schedule of india
 
Name: mwamba masoud
Country: Tanzania

is very very important for children to be immunized for permanent immunity in their future life and better growth and development
 
Name: mwamba masoud
Country: Tanzania

is very very important for children to be immunized for permanent immunity in their future life and better growth and development
 
Name: zambian immunisation schedule
Country: Zambia

cant find zambian schedule
 
Name: fataw
Country: Ghana

hey, what is the vaccine schedule of the ministry of health in ghana agaist children
 
Name: Dr. Ronnie
Country: Uganda

need to see the immunisation schedule for uganda
 
Name: ajay
Country: U.S.A.

no fritful infomation by libyan authority
 
Name: Shuvo
Country: Bangladesh

please somebody give me the immunization schedule...


 

 
 
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