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Immunization schedule in India

Parentree-editors 2008-08-15 12:30:25

Immunizations are critical to protect babies and children from various illnesses. Here is some basic information on Indian immunizations and schedules, that Indian parents can learn from. Ultimately, your paediatrician is the right resource for you to discuss immunizations for your child.

Here is a typical immunization schedule recommended by the Indian Academy of Pediatrics.

This schedule was last updated in August 2008 by the Indian Academy of Pediatrics. Our timetable below reflects that update. 

Changes made in August 2008:

  • The Tetanus vaccine was changed from Td to Tdap, thus adding more pertussis protection
  • HPV vaccine has been added to protect girls/women against a common cause of cervical cancer
  • Rotavirus vaccine has been added to the list
  • IPV has been added to the list
AGE VACCINES
Birth BCG, OPV, Hepatitis B
6 weeks DTP, OPV+IPV, Hepatitis B, Hib, PCV
10 weeks DTP, OPV+IPV, Hib, PCV
14 weeks DTP, OPV+IPV, Hepatitis B, Hib, PCV
9 months Measles
1 year Varicella
15 months MMR, PCV Booster

16 months

Hib Booster
18 months DTP Booster, OPV+IPV Booster
2 years Typhoid
2 years 1 month Hepatitis A
2 years 7 months Hepatitis A
5 years DTP Booster, OPV Booster, Typhoid
10 years Tdap, HPV
   
VACCINE DISEASE(S)
BCG Tuberculosis (Bacillus Calmette Guerin)
OPV Oral Polio Vaccine
Hepatitis B Hepatitis B
DTP Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis
Hib Pneumonia, Meningitis, Bacteremia (Haemophilus Influenzae Type B)
Measles Measles
MMR Measles, Mumps, Rubella
Typhoid Typhoid
Td Tetanus
PCV Bacterial diseases causing pneumonia, meningitis etc., (Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine)
Varicella Chicken Pox
Hepatitis A Hepatitis A
HPV Human Papilloma Virus causing cervical cancer
Rotavirus Rotavirus

 

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Please note that this immunization schedule may change and your pediatrician should be your guide on immunizations and the schedule for them.

Parents should keep a clear and comprehensive record of their children's immunizations for future use, in case of any emergency.

While most of the vaccines are given as a matter of course, doctors may consult with parents about four particular vaccines.

  1. Varicella
  2. Hepatitis A 
  3. Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine
  4. Rotavirus (Varies depending on brand but is usually finished by the age of 6 months)

If you are looking for immunization schedules used in countries other than India or just curious, see the following links:

USA

Canada

United Kingdom

Singapore

Australia

References

IAP Guide Book on Immunization, IAP Committee on Immunization 2005-2006, Indian Academy of Pediatrics

Consensus Recommendations on Immunization, 2008, Indian Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Immunization (IAPCOI)

Last updated: September 14, 2008


Comments

Venkat313
2012-11-06 08:30:47

 

Hi, It seems PREVNAR 13 is pricy, costing 4K. Is there any alternative medicine in INDIA. Parents please help. Thanks

vkkan
2012-08-16 12:51:02

 

August is the National Immunization Awareness month to serve as a reminder for parents to check their child immunization records and for healthcare providers to continue educating parents about the immunization schedule and follow-ups. You can access via http://pediatrics.smartrx.in

tarzan1111
2012-04-03 09:56:54

 

hi Can someone provide a more recent vaccinations list ... thanks

ketanm
2012-03-16 04:58:24

 

We have given all the optional vaccinations as well to our child. see http://dadsmemoir.blogspot.in/2012/03/vaccination.html Typically your paediac doctor should have information about the latest vaccination update.

Misko
2012-03-15 18:55:05

 

These informations are really important to all of us new parents.

Gpillai
2012-01-02 17:19:43

 

hi, I missed to give Typhoid to my daughter when she was 2years, now shes 3 years and 2mons - is it ok that if i can still give that injection? i have put Hepatitis A (2 yrs 1 month and 7th month) somehow i missed this Typhoid. when i think of giving it she has cold or cough. Please also tell me will it affect her in future :-(

h2o
2011-10-30 12:01:29

 

These days many new borns die after having Polio Drops as it contain Thiamycin which is lethal for most babies and generate behavioral disorders in those who survive.I hope Parentree look into this matter.

yogeshdave
2011-02-16 00:44:16

 

it is excellent tip one may need to understand that there is no sense of giving tetanus toxoid every time when child gets some injury one has to look for previous status of the child and if not vaccinated then on tt 3 dose schedule. otherwise td and tdap is preferable repeated tt injection leads to amyloidosis so giving inj tt practice should be discouraged. OPv if given then it is advisable to have intramuscular 2 doses of IPV at interval of 2 months for better protection dr dave

 

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