My child is sick and immunisation is due!

My child is sick and immunisation is due!

What should you do if your child is sick and needs to go for a vaccination? Dr Ang Ai Tin from Thomson Paediatric Centre at Thomson Medical Centre advices.

vaccinating a sick child

Question from reader:

What if my child is sick when Immunisation is due?

Answer from Dr Ang Ai Tin:

Children who are sick are not recommended to receive vaccinations.

Before the vaccination, do tell the attending doctor if your child has been sick or has shown signs of being unwell in the days leading up to the vaccination. It will be at your doctor’s discretion as to whether or not they proceed with vaccination.

If your child is unwell it is sometimes best to schedule another date for vaccination once they are fully recovered.

Answered By Dr Ang Ai Tin

About Dr Ang Ai Tin
Dr Ang Ai Tin has been a practicing Consultant Paediatrician and Neonatologist for the last 23 years. She graduated from National University of Singapore in 1981, and earned her Masters in Paediatrics from the same university in 1987. After leaving KKH in 1991, she started her private practice at the Paediatric Centre at Thomson Medical Centre. She was the Medical Director of Paediatric Centre, a multi-group practice at Thomson Medical Centre with branches at Mt Alvernia Hospital, Bishan Children Clinic, Tiong Bahru Children Clinic, Hougang and Sengkang. She has since relinquished that post. She is now based at Thomson Paediatric Centre at Thomson Medical Centre. Besides Neonatology, the centre has a busy practice in Vaccine, Respiratory, Immunology and Allergy, and Growth and Nutrition.

Dr Ang’s subspecialty is neonatal intensive care, that is, she looks after sick newborn in the ICU. She also holds a diploma in Dermatology (NUS). Her interest includes paediatric dermatology and is laser certified to treat paediatric dermatological conditions.

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