Prevention is Better Than Cure .. Get Your Child Vaccinated ..

by Dr Khadijatou Aboulmaali M. Sid Ahmed on October 26, 2018
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Why should my child get vaccinated?

  • Vaccines work by preparing the body to fight the germs that cause the infections.
  • They help keep your child from getting sick or from getting severely ill if they get the infection.

What vaccines do babies and children get?

The UAE National Childhood Immunization Program is based on the recommendation of the World Health Organization (WHO) as follows:

Age Vaccines
Birth
  • BCG (Bacillus Calmette-Guerin)
  • HepB (Hepatitis-B vaccine)
End of month 2
  • Hexavalent (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (acellular), Haemophilus Influenzae B - Hepatitis B, and Injectable Polio
  • PCV (Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine)
  • RV1 (Rotavirus monovalent vaccine)
End of month 4
  • Hexavalent (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (acellular), Haemophilus Influenzae B - Hepatitis B, and Injectable Polio vaccine)
  • OPV (Oral polio vaccine)
  • PCV (Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine)
  • RV1 (Rotavirus monovalent vaccine)
End of month 6
  • Pentavalent (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (cellular), Hepatitis B, Haemophilus Influenzae B)
  • OPV (Oral polio vaccine)
  • PCV (Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine)
End of month 12
  • MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccine)
  • Varicella (Varicella vaccine)
End of month 18
  • Tetravalent (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (acellular), and Haemophilus Influenzae B vaccine)
  • OPV (Oral polio vaccine)
  • PCV (Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine)
  • MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccine)
School Vaccination Schedule:
Grade 1
  • DTaP (Diphtheria, Tetanus, acellular Pertussis vaccine)
  • OPV (Oral polio vaccine)
  • MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccine)
  • Var (Varicella vaccine)
Grade 11
  • Tdap (Tetanus, reduced Diphtheria and acellular Pertussis vaccine)
  • OPV (Oral polio vaccine)
  • HPV (Human Papillomavirus vaccine) for females only (3 doses)
Other vaccinations that are encouraged:
Starting from the age of 6 months Annual influenza vaccine
Starting from the age 12 months Hepatitis A

What side effects can vaccines cause?

Often, vaccines cause no side effects. When they do cause side effects, they can cause:

  • Redness, mild swelling, or soreness where the shot was given
  • A mild fever
  • A mild rash
  • Headache or body aches

Most of these side effects happen within 1 to 2 days of getting the vaccine. But they can happen 1 to 2 weeks after the getting shot for chickenpox or the shot for measles, mumps, and rubella.

Vaccines also sometimes cause more serious side effects, such as severe allergic reactions. But serious side effects are rare.

Ask your child’s doctor or nurse what side effects to expect each time your child gets a vaccine. If your child has a reaction or a problem after a vaccine, let the doctor or nurse know.

What Should I do after my child is vaccinated?

  • Give your child paracetamol for pain or fever if required.
  • Consult your pediatrician if you are concerned or noticed any unusual symptoms.

Sources:

  • www.Uptodate.com
  • World Health Organization

If you would like to talk, feel free to reach out to us. An LifeWorks therapist would be able to help.

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