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CHILDHOOD VACCINATIONS

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CHILDHOOD VACCINATIONS

The following information is to be used as a guide to and at the discretion of the end-user and should not replace a doctor’s opinion.

OVERVIEW

Vaccination is the best way to protect your child and other children at school or day care from serious, often deadly infectious diseases. Most side effects from vaccination are mild, such as soreness, swelling, or redness at the injection site. Some vaccines are associated with fever, rash, and achiness. Serious side effects and allergic reactions are rare. Vaccines are an important and effective health intervention for children and are therefore studied for safety more than any other medication. 

Vaccines are widely acknowledged as one of the most successful medical advances and save hundreds of thousands of lives every year. Since the discovery of antibiotics, no other health intervention has had such a profound impact on global health. Vaccines work by imitating infections in the body, allowing the immune system to develop antibodies against that specific disease. When these antibodies have developed, future infection and associated complications, can be prevented. Our body’s defences are often stronger the second time they are challenged than the first time. 

VACCINATIONS IN SOUTH AFRICA

South Africa’s vaccination schedule is in line with the World Health Organisation’s recommendations for children. This schedule will protect your child against “the big six” diseases (polio, tuberculosis, measles, diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus) as well as Haemophilus Influenza type B, Pneumococcal Disease, Hepatitis B, Human Papillomavirus and Rotavirus. It is vital that all children should receive these vaccines, and South African schools will not accept your child unless you can prove that they have received all of them.  

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VACCINATION SCHEDULE

FURTHER READING

Visit these sites to learn more:

  1. Department Of Health
  2. NICD
  3. World Health Organisation