Do you know what immunisations are mandatory for your baby here in Singapore? Read this article to find out...
If you have a young infant, his or her paediatrician would have probably talked to you about immunisation and its importance.
Immunising children — especially against common childhood diseases like chickenpox, mumps or rubella — is recommended by almost all health professionals as a preventative measure against your child contracting these diseases and more.
In fact, professional health bodies and organisations such as the Health Promotion Board (HPB), Singapore and the World Health Organization (WHO) advocate childhood immunisations for a number of reasons.
The most important of these reasons are:
- Immunisation protects against serious diseases that can lead to lifelong complications and occasionally, can even be fatal.
- Immunization results in the protection of all children. If enough children are immunised against a particular disease, the risk of it spreading from person to person is very low and the disease may be eradicated altogether.
In Singapore, there are some immunisations which are mandatory for all children, while others are optional.
The vaccinations currently recommended to children in Singapore include:
- Hepatitis B
- Pertussis (DTP)
- Poliomyelitis (Oral Polio Vaccine)
- Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR).
Compulsory immunisations (except for Hepatitis B) are available for free at the local polyclinics.
Optional immunisations (Chickenpox, Influenza, Rotavirus, Hepatitis A, Meningococcal and Pneumococcal) are available at a fee with your doctor.
To find out more about these important jabs, go to the next page…