Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP) has updated its recommended immunization schedule for children of ages 0-18 years, based on current scientific evidences.
Excerpts from the changes in the schedule are as follows:
Stand alone vaccine for Measles will now be history. Now even 9 month old babies’ immune system can get a kick start to fight Measles, Mumps and Rubella with only one combination vaccine called MMR. Babies will just need 2 shots of MMR to get complete protection from all the 3 diseases for life. Live attenuated vaccine for Hepatitis A need to be given only once instead of earlier recommended two doses of vaccine. Though, inactivated Hepatitis A most widely used for child’s immunization, still need to be given twice. Thanks to the latest conjugate Typhoid vaccine,Typbar TCV from Bharat Biotech, there will be no need of Typhoid booster shots every 3 years now. Even babies younger than 1 year can be protected from Typhoid and their immune system need to be boosted only once at 2 years of age. Young adolescent girls of age 9-14 years will now need only 2 shots of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine to keep the possibility of cervical cancer in future at bay.
Vaccinebox has updated its Immunization schedule on the latest guidelines and updates by IAP.
To view latest updated schedule see Immunization Schedule 2014