South African Vaccine Schedule

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What is the South African vaccine schedule?

The South African vaccine schedule is selected to combat the most commonly transmitted infectious diseases. This is in line with the recommendations of the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The recommended schedule is as follows:

Age Vaccine How it is administered?
Birth BCG (tuberculosis vaccine) Injection in the arm
OPV (oral polio vaccine) Oral drops
6 weeks OPV (oral polio vaccine) Oral drops
RV (rotavirus vaccine) Liquid by mouth
DTaP-IPV-Hib-HepB (diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis-injectable polio-Haemophilus influenza b-Hepatitis B vaccine) Injection in the thigh
PCV (pneumococcal conjugate vaccine) Injection in the thigh
10 weeks DTaP-IPV-Hib-HepB (diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis-injectable polio-Haemophilus influenza b-Hepatitis B vaccine) Injection in the thigh
14 weeks RV (rotavirus vaccine) Liquid by mouth
DTaP-IPV-Hib-HepB (diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis-injectable polio-Haemophilus influenza b-Hepatitis B vaccine) Injection in the thigh
PCV (pneumococcal conjugate vaccine) Injection in the thigh
6 months Measles Injection to the thigh or arm
9 months PCV (pneumococcal conjugate vaccine) Injection in the thigh
12 months Measles Injection to the thigh or arm
18 months DTaP-IPV-Hib-HepB (diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis-injectable polio-Haemophilus influenza b-Hepatitis B vaccine) Injection to the thigh
6 years Td (tetanus, reduced dose diphtheria vaccine) Injection in the arm
12 years Td (tetanus, reduced dose diphtheria vaccine) Injection in the arm

Why are vaccinations important?

Vaccines are a very important means of keeping your child healthy and preventing dangerous diseases. They are safe to use and allergic reactions are very rare.

Vaccines work by imitating infections in the body, allowing the immune system to develop antibodies against disease. When these antibodies have developed, future infection or complications can be prevented.

Vaccines protect children from serious illness and complications which can include pneumonia, hearing loss, convulsions, brain damage, and death.

Dr Moodley does administer vaccinations at her practice.

Additional important vaccines not on the above schedule e.g. Hepatitis A, Chicken Pox, Mumps and Rubella and Meningocoocal Vaccine are also available for administration by Dr Moodley on request.

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