Blog-6 – 5 ESSENTIAL VACCINATIONS FOR CHILDREN
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 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)
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