Welcome to parenthood! This is the start of an exciting journey for you and your family. In this section, we hope to cover some of the questions that you might have as parents and to partner with you on this new journey.
Well baby checks allow your doctor to ensure that your childs growth and development is on track and that your child is getting the nutrition he or she needs. These visits also educate parents in terms of developmental milestones of the child and what to look out for, helping the parents to care better for their child.
What is childhood immunization and why is it important?
Childhood immunization is when your child is given a vaccine to protect them against an infectious disease. The vaccine encourages the bodys immune system to produce antibodies against the infectious disease such that your child can fight the disease if they are exposed to it.
Childhood immunization protects your child against serious infectious diseases which can otherwise lead to lifelong complications and occasionally be fatal. If enough children are immune to a particular disease, the risk of it spreading is lowered and might eradicate the disease entirely.
Childhood Immunization Schedule
|Suggested Age||Vaccines||Immunisation Against||Medisave Payable|
|Hep B1 1st dose||Hepatitis B||Yes|
|2 Months||6-in-1 (1st dose)||Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Poliomyelitis, Haemophilus influenza type B, Hepatitis B||Yes|
|Rotavirus 1st dose||Rotavirus||No|
|4 Months||5-in-1 (1st dose)||Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Poliomyelitis, Haemophilus influenza type B||Yes|
|Rotavirus 2nd dose||Rotavirus||No|
|PCV 1st dose||Pneumococcal diseases||Yes (< 6 years)|
|6 Months||6-in-1 (2nd dose)||Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Poliomyelitis, Haemophilus influenza type B, Hepatitis B||Yes|
|PCV 2nd dose||Pneumococcal diseases||Yes (< 6 years)|
|12 Months||PCV booster||Pneumococcal diseases||Yes (< 6 years)|
|MMRV 1st dose||Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Varicella||No|
|Hep A 1st dose||Hepatitis A||No|
|15 – 18 Months||5-in-1 booster||Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Poliomyelitis, Haemophilus influenza type B||Yes|
|MMRV 2nd dose||Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Varicella||No|
|18 – 21 Months||Hep A 2nd dose (six months from first dose)||Hepatitis A||No|
|9 years onwards||HPV: 2 doses or 3 doses depending on the age||Human Papillomavirus||Yes|
|10 – 11 Years||TdAP||Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis||Yes|
|OPV/IPV second booster||Polio||Yes|
What are optional vaccines?
Optional vaccines include vaccines for Rotavirus, Influenza and Chicken Pox. Consult the doctor if you are considering these vaccines for your child.
Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease (HFMD)