Hey Audrey Mum,have you ever thought to ask the health workers during immunization, what the vaccine your child is given in the hospital actually does ?
You may notice that some of the vaccines are administered orally while others are given intravenously with the use of injections, single doses or combination dose.While some are repeated at various months of your baby’s life .
We have put together a list of the likely vaccines your baby will receive and what they actually do for your baby and why they are so important.
Commonly known as hepatitis B vaccine, the first dose is usually administered at birth ,while the subsequent dose is given at 2 and 6 months .
This vaccine is a preventive against hepatitis B, a liver disease.
Similar to Hep B and is also a preventive against liver disease, given at 12 and 23 months .
This is a combination vaccine to protect against diphtheria,tetanus, and acellular pertussis which causes whooping cough.
It is given at 2,4,6 and between 12-15 months .
Pnuemococcal conjugate vaccine is a preventive against meningitis,ear infection and pneumonia,your baby will receive this at 2,4,6, and between 12-15 months .
Haemophilus influenza type b vaccine is a preventive against meningitis, pneumonia and epiglottitis taken at 2,4, 6, 12 months or older .
Polio or IPV
This a preventive against poliomyelitis administered orally at 2,4,6,and 18 months ,a later dose is given between the ages of 4 and 6 years.
The rotavirus causes diarrhea ,severe dehydration ,fever and vomiting . The vaccine protects against the above listed and is administered at 2,4 and 6 months. This is usually administered orally. .
A combination vaccine which prevents measles,mumps and rubella also known as the german measles.This is administered in the 12th and 15th month and between ages 4-5 years.
This vaccine is a preventive against chicken pox, given between 12-15 months and 4-5 years.