Parents Corner

Immunization Schedule

Immunizations are critical to protect babies from various illnesses. Here is some information on Indian immunizations and schedules that parents boost their knowledge. However, it is always advisable to consult your pediatrician as he/she is the right resource for you to discuss immunizations for your child. Here is a typical immunization schedule recommended by the Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP).

Age

Vaccines

Note

Birth

BCG

OPV- Zero

Hepatitis B -1

6 Weeks

OPV-1 + IPV-1 / OPV -1

OPV alone if IPV cannot be given

DTPw-1 / DTPa -1

Hepatitis B -2

Hib -1

10 Weeks

OPV-2 + IPV-2 / OPV-2

OPV alone if IPV cannot be given

DTPw-2 / DTPa -2

Hib -2

14 Weeks

OPV-3 + IPV-3 / OPV -3

OPV alone if IPV cannot be given

DTPw-3 / DTPa -3

Hepatitis B -3

Third dose of Hepatitis B can be given at 6 months of age

Hib -3

9 Months

Measles

15-18 Months

OPV-4 + IPV-B1 /OPV -4

OPV alone if IPV cannot be given

DTPw booster -1 or DTPa booster -1

Hib booster

MMR -1

2 Years

Typhoid

Revaccination every 3-4 years

5 Years

OPV -5

DTPw booster -2 or DTPa booster -2

MMR -2

The second dose of MMR vaccine can be given at any time 8 weeks after the first dose

10 Years

Tdap

HPV

Only girls, three doses at 0, 1-2 and 6 months

Vaccines that can be given after discussion with parents

More than 6 weeks

Pneumococcal conjugate

3 primary doses at 6, 10, and 14 weeks, followed by a booster at 15-18 months

Rotaviral vaccines

(2/3 doses (depending on brand) at 4-8 weeks interval

After 15 months

Varicella

Age less than 13 years: One dose 
Age more than 13 years: 2 doses at 4-8 weeks interval

After 18 months

Hepatitis A

2 doses at 6-12 months interval

Some of the common illness that kids faces regularly.

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