Immunization

Imagine living in a place were rampant contagious illness caused by preventable illnesses like Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Polio, Hepatitis B, Hib, Rotavirus, Measles, Mumps and Chickenpox.

Let us get to know each of them;

  1. Diphtheria it is an infection caused by bacterium Corynebacterium diphtheria causes a thick covering in the back of the throat. It spreads by cough and sneezes, or through close contact with someone infected.
  2. Tetanus it is an infection caused by bacterium Clostridium Tetani that produces toxin that mainly affects the brain and nervous system leading to muscles stiffness and spasms. The bacteria can enter into open wounds, cuts, burns and animal bites, body piercing and tattoo can spread from one person to another.
  3. Pertussis it is an infection caused by bacterium Bordetalla pertussis that produces uncontrollable violent cough which leads to inability to breathe normally. It easily spreads in the droplet of the coughs or sneezes of someone with infection.
  4. Polio often called infantile paralysis caused by polio virus that invades brain and spinal cord causing nerve injury leading to paralysis. It spreads if you come into contact with someone infected that cough and sneezes, or food and water that comes in contact with contaminated poo.
  5. Hepatitis B it is an infection caused by Hepatitis B virus is transmitted through contact with blood or other bodily fluids of an infected person. The virus stays often in years without symptoms until end stage of liver problem and death
  6. Hib it is an infection caused by Haemophilus influenza type b easily spreads when an infected person coughs and sneezes. Hib disease is a common type of meningitis in which infection dwells on the covering of the brain and spinal cord.
  7. Rotavirus is a highly contagious stomach bug that typically strikes babies and young children. It causes unpleasant bout of diarrhea, sometimes vomiting, tummy ache and fever. The virus spreads easily through hand-to-mouth contact of infected individual.
  8. Measles, Mumps and Rubella is highly contagious infectious disease caused by virus that spreads easily by inhaling tiny droplets of someone coughs and sneezes who is infected.
  9. Chickenpox is another very contagious infection caused by varicella-zoster virus. It usually appears itchy rash with small, and fluid-filled blisters. It may appears mild for some healthy children however could be severe in some rash appearing and spreading whole body and lesions from throat, eyes and mucus membranes.

Above illnesses are easily caught by our young ones in nursery, play house, and shopping centers and even in our own house. We, as a parent, do not want to see the sequela of it.

As per World Health Organization, Immunization currently prevents between 2-3 million deaths every year in all age groups from diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), and measles. It is known that immunization is the most cost-effective health interventions known to mankind.

As parents, we always wish for the best and optimum health for our children.

In Vitalite Health and Wellness Centre, we offer immunization for all age group.

Age Group Vaccine
Birth BCG
Hepatitis B vaccine ( Engerix B )
 

 

8 weeks old ( 2 months )

Diphtheria, Tetanus, Acellular Pertussis, Inactivated Polio, Haemophilus influenza type B, and Hepatitis B ( Infanrix Hexa )
Pneumococcal polysaccharide conjugate vaccine ( Prevenar 13 )
Rotavirus- pentavalent strain ( Rotateq )
 

 

16 weeks old ( 4 months )

Diphtheria, Tetanus, Acellular Pertussis, Inactivated Polio, Haemophilus influenza type B, and Hepatitis B ( Infanrix Hexa )
Pneumococcal polysaccharide conjugate vaccine ( Prevenar 13 )
Rotavirus- pentavalent strain ( Rotateq )
 

 

24 weeks old ( 6 months )

Diphtheria, Tetanus, Acellular Pertussis, Inactivated Polio, Haemophilus influenza type B, and Hepatitis B ( Infanrix Hexa )
Pneumococcal polysaccharide conjugate vaccine ( Prevenar 13 )
Rotavirus- pentavalent strain ( Rotateq )
9 months old Meningococcal ACWY ( Menactra ACWY)
 

 

12 months old

Measles, Mumps, Rubella ( MMR )
Varicella ( Varilrix )
Hepatitis A junior ( Havrix 720 )
2nd dose of Meningococcal ACWY ( Menactra ACWY)
 

 

18 months old

Diphtheria, Tetanus, Acellular Pertussis, Inactivated Polio, Haemophilus influenza type B ( Infanrix hib/ipv)
4th dose Pneumococcal polysaccharide conjugate vaccine ( Prevenar 13 )
2nd dose Hepatitis A junior ( Havrix 720 )
 

 

4 – 6 years old

Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus booster ( Infanrix )
Inactivated Polio virus ( Poliorix )
Measles, Mumps, Rubella ( MMR )
Varicella ( Varilrix )
11- 12 years old Tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis booster ( Boostrix ) then every 10 years
Optional Recommended immunizations
9 – 14 years old Human Papilloma Virus vaccine ( Gardasil & Cervarix )
2 years onwards Typhoid vaccine ( Typhim Vi )
6 months olds onwards Influenza vaccine ( Vaxigrip Pedia, Vaxigrip Adult )

Reference: Dubai Health Authority Immunization Guidelines 2010

 

 

 

 

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