Find out how to protect your child from contracting various infectious diseases once he starts school…
Starting primary school is a huge milestone in your child’s life.
When kids start school, parents strive to keep their kids healthy so missing classes is minimised as much as possible. Healthy, happy, active and well-nourished children are more likely to attend school, be engaged and ready to learn¹.
However, poor health may affect a student’s attendance, grades and ability to learn in school¹.
It may be impossible to generalise that all such health problems are preventable. However, certain infectious diseases caused by bacteria and viruses in children can be prevented by vaccination2.
Protecting your kids from infectious diseases in school
Entering Primary 1
With reference to Singapore’s National Childhood Immunisation Schedule, all children (Singapore Citizens and Non-Singapore Citizens) should have completed the recommended immunisations before entry into Primary One3.
You should produce your child’s immunisation certificates at the time of registration for the following3:
- Poliomyelitis / Poliovirus
- Hepatitis B
Infectious diseases your child could catch in school
When you have a school-going child, you may feel that your kids fall ill quite frequently.
However, there are a few illnesses against which you can protect your child through vaccination, such as pertussis (whooping cough), hepatitis A, chickenpox and influenza4.
Pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, is a very contagious respiratory disease5
Here are some facts about this disease:
- It is caused by a bacterium called Bordetella pertussis5.
- Pertussis is spread through the air from person to person4.
- At first it may look like your child has the common cold, but after 1 or 2 weeks, a child with pertussis is overcome with coughing spells so violent that it can interfere with eating, drinking and even breathing4.
- Pertussis can lead to pneumonia, seizures, brain infection, and death4.
- Pertussis rates have been increasing in recent years, with more than half of cases occurring among children who are not completely immunized4.
The best way to protect children from whooping cough is to vaccinate them against it5.
Find out more about common diseases school-going kids may get on the next page…