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Vaccination for Children

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Vaccination / Immunization Schedule

Vaccination for children in India is carried out under the Universal Immunization Program. The Indian Academy of Pediatrics has also recommended its own schedule with newer vaccines.

The National Immunization Schedule is as follows:

At Birth:

BCG
Oral Polio Vaccine

6, 10 and 14 weeks:

DPT
Oral polio vaccine

6 to 9 months:

Oral polio vaccine

9 months:

Measles vaccine

15 to 18 months:

DPT booster
Oral polio vaccine

5 years:

DPT
Oral polio vaccine

10 years:

Tetanus toxoid

15 years:

Tetanus toxoid

Hepatitis B, MMR and Hib vaccines are available under this program in some districts only.

Pulse Polio Immunization Program: The Pulse Polio Immunization Program was started in 1995 to eradicate polio. Under this program, all children below the age of 5 years are administered two doses of the oral polio vaccine per year. The oral polio vaccine is administered in the program, since it not only protects the child, but also gets disseminated to the community, thus resulting in widespread protection.

The recommendations according to the Indian Academy of Pediatrics are as follows:

At Birth:

BCG
OPV
Hepatitis B

6 weeks:

OPV with/without IPV
DPT/ DTaP
Hepatitis B
Hib

10 weeks:

OPV with/without IPV
DPT/ DTaP
Hepatitis B
Hib

14 weeks:

OPV with/without IPV
DPT/ DTaP
Hepatitis B
Hib

6 months:

Hepatitis B

9 months:

Measles

15-18 months:

OPV with/without IPV
DPT/ DTaP booster
Hib booster
MMR

2 years:

Typhoid (may be repeated every 3 to 4 years)

5 years:

OPV with/without IPV
DPT/ DTaP booster
MMR

10 years:

Tdap

HPV in girls at in 3 doses at 0, 1-2 and 6 months

The recommendations according to the Indian Academy of Pediatrics covers vaccines such as Hepatitis B, MMR and Hib vaccines. The scheduler is more on International guidelines.

Vaccines that may be administered after a discussion with parents to include chicken pox (varicella) vaccine, pneumococcal conjugate, rotavirus vaccine and hepatitis A vaccine.

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Keeping track of vaccinations for your baby is indeed very important as it protects your child against a range of serious and potentially fatal diseases. With busy schedules and multiple tasks at hand, it becomes extremely difficult to monitor immunizations and their dates. I came across a simple vaccination app on Google Play store, VacciTrack, that helps to keep track of your child’s immunization schedule till the age of 10. It gives you reminder before the day of vaccination and a full chart along with missed and upcoming vaccines. Hope this helps!
Anudhar Friday, May 16, 2014
My daughter is 10 years old and is a patient of celebral palsy ,can the vaccines like Tetanus and HPV Vaccine given to her.
rajeshneva Tuesday, April 29, 2014
I have read online that MMR vaccine can cause autism... Research by Dr. Andrew Wakefield of Austin, Texas. The research publicized the link between stomach disorders and autism, and taking the findings one step further, the link between stomach disorders, autism and the Measles Mumps Rubella [MMR] vaccine. Should I avoid MMR?
Shreyas_Mantri Tuesday, August 20, 2013
my son is two years old,he has been vaccinated with BCG,DPT1,2,3. OPV1,2,3 and hepatitis oB1,2,3. Measles and DPT booster and Polio booter. Please suggest me when to vaccinate with mmr,Hib, chicken pox, rotavirus,hepatitis A .
skkwe Wednesday, April 24, 2013
i think rota is given bellow 1year age.
vashist Thursday, August 29, 2013
Me and my wife [54 and 50yrs] plan to go to US to see a kid and was directed to have this vac. Where can I have it in chennai please?
RaviPadma Friday, December 07, 2012

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