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Vaccinations are very important. They protect your baby against infections that may lead to serious health complications, disability or even death.
Some vaccines provide lifelong immunity upon completion of the full course. Other vaccines have to be given again later in life to maintain your child’s immunity to the disease. This top-up dose is called a booster.
Most babies are fit for vaccinations. Consult your doctor if you have any concerns or doubts.
Some babies may experience minor side effects after vaccination. These include mild fever, mild swelling or soreness at injection site.
Singapore has a National Childhood Immunisation Schedule to give your child the best possible protection from serious infections. It is important that you ensure that your child is immunised according to the recommended schedule.
Note:Under the Infectious Diseases Act it is compulsory for parents and guardians to have their child vaccinated against diphtheria and measles.
National Childhood Immunisation Schedule (NCIS) The vaccinations recommended under the National Childhood Immunisation Schedule (NCIS) protects the child against diseases that may lead to serious health complications. They include:
Combination vaccines*These newer childhood vaccine formulations combine vaccines against four, five or six diseases into a single injection. These combination vaccines have been proven to be safe and effective. With the introduction of these vaccines, your child can be protected without the anxiety of multiple injections.With effect from 1 November 2020, all vaccinations recommended under the National Childhood Immunisation Schedule (NCIS), including combination vaccines such as the 6-in-1 and MMRV will be fully subsidised for Singaporean children at the polyclinics. The enhanced subsidies will also cover other vaccines including the varicella (chickenpox), influenza and pneumococcal. Please speak to your doctor for more information.
Optional vaccinesThere are also optional vaccines for your baby. Some of the common optional vaccines that you may want to consider giving to your baby are: Rotavirus, Hepatitis A and Meningococcal. It is best that you discuss the need for these vaccines with your doctor and make a decision on whether it would benefit your baby. Bring along your baby’s Health Booklet during the clinic visit to record the vaccinations given.
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Sources: HPB, https://www.healthhub.sg/live-healthy/1196/baby-immunisation-inject-to-protect, https://www.healthhub.sg/a-z/diseases-and-conditions/103/topics_influenza
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