The Baby Immunisation Schedule in Dubai
The schedule here may be different to what is used in your home country
28 July 2015
As per the schedule from the Dubai Health Authority (DHA), your new baby and child can receive different immunisations at different periods in their early life stage.
Vaccinations and immunisations are important to the health of a child. Of course, immunisation can be an emotional issue for many parents as the potential adverse effects become more and more prevalent when discussing immunisations. This is partly due to the fact that they may have very little familiarity with the devastating effects of a vaccine-preventable illness.
If you are a parent living in Dubai who is expecting, or wish for your child to begin their immunisations, we've got all the information you need here. Let's start with definitions so everyone fully understands...
The process whereby a person is made immune or resistant to an infectious disease, typically by the administration of a vaccine.
A vaccination is an injection of a killed microbe in order to stimulate the immune system against the microbe, thereby preventing disease.
Routine immunisations are started in infancy, however if your child is not immunised in infancy, then immunisations should be started as early as possible. If this is applicable to you, a catch-up schedule will be followed, depending on your child's age and the specific diseases that are prevalent at the time.
National Immunisation Program
As per the Childhood Immunisation and National Immunisation Program recommended by the DHA, childhood recommended vaccines include: BCG, diphtheria, tetanus toxoid, pertussis (DTaP), poliovirus vaccine (IPV/OPV), measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), haemophilus influenza type b (Hib) vaccine, hepatitis B vaccine (HBV), varicella (chicken pox vaccine), and pneumococcal vaccines.
An interrupted primary series of immunisations does not need to be restarted, instead, the original series should be resumed regardless of the length of time that has lapsed.
At 18 months, babies receive booster shots, and the do not have to have any more until 5 years old.
DHA Immunisation Schedule For 7 - 18 Year Olds
Catch-Up Vaccination Schedule
The DHA catch up vaccination schedule for children 4 months to 6 years old, who are more than one month behind or start late is as follows...