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My newborn’s vaccination schedule. Why do infants need so many vaccines so quickly?

  • Newborns need multiple vaccines because infectious diseases can cause more-serious problems in infants than in older children.
  • While maternal antibodies help protect newborns from many diseases, this immunity begins to disappear as quickly as one month after birth. In addition, children don’t receive maternal immunity from certain diseases, such as whooping cough. If a child isn’t vaccinated and is exposed to a disease, he or she might become sick and spread the illness.
  • Avoid altering your child’s recommended vaccination schedule. Research shows that it’s safe for infants and young children to receive multiple vaccines at the same time, as recommended by ( IAP) Indian Academy of Pediatrics and (CDC) the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s vaccination schedule.
  • Remember, newborns and young children can be exposed to diseases from family members, care providers and other close contacts, as well as during routine outings — such as trips to the grocery store, nearby park and family functions etc. Many vaccines can be given even if your child has a mild illness, such as a cold or mild fever. Consult your child’s doctor regularly to keep your child’s vaccination status up to date.

stay healthy and stop the spread of vaccine preventable disease

regards

Dr. Rahul Varma

Newer Guidelines with few changes in IAP Immunization Schedule, October 2014

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“Few Changes in Immunization schedule for 2014″

1. at 9 months MMR in place of Measles, 2nd dose @ 15 months, no dose @ 5 years
2. Live Hep A single dose only , Killed to have 2 doses
3. Rotavirus, DTP vaccine , same stand as before
4. Typhioid-TCV cojugate can be started @ 9months with booster @ 2 years (No need to re vaccinate every 3 years).
5. Cervical Vaccination in 9-14 years, only 2 doses 6 months apart.

New IAP Vaccination Guidelines as per october 2014

For Parents , it is best to discuss with your child specialist. Your doctor is in best position to prepare vaccination schedule for your child as per latest recommendation.
 http://indianpediatrics.net/oct2014/785.pdf

Regards

Dr Rahul varma