Vaccination Schedule in the UAE: A Complete Guide
What vaccinations are given, when, and where to get them in the UAE...
10 October 2017
The world of vaccinations can be pretty confusing, especially when you’re an expat, however, immunizing your child is very crucial and important for his health on the short and long run.
And if you’re a parent, or an expectant parent who lives in the UAE, we can help make your life easier with this guide to immunisations and vaccinations in the UAE according to age:
- Hepatitis B vaccine (HBV) - first dose
- Polio vaccines (IPV/OPV), and Diphtheria, Pertussis (whooping cough), Tetanus vaccines (Dtap) - 1st dose
- Haemophilus influenzae type B vaccine (Hib) - 1st dose
- Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) - 1st dose
- HBV - 2nd dose
- IPV/OPV & Dtap - 2nd dose
- Hib - 2nd dose
- PCV - 2nd dose
- HBV - 3rd dose
- IPV/OPV & Dtap - 3rd dose
- Hib - 3rd dose
- PCV - 3rd dose
- HBV - 4th dose
- Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (German measles) vaccine (MMR) - 1st dose
- Chickenpox/Varicella - 1st dose
Booster shots are given at the age of 18 months.
7-18 years old
- Td/ Tdap at age 11-12 years for those who have completed the recommended childhood DTP/DTaP vaccination series.
- Meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4) at age 11-12 years and at age 13--18 years if not previously vaccinated. Meningococcal polysaccharide vaccine (MPSV4) is an acceptable alternative.
- Hepatitis B 3-dose series to those who were not previously vaccinated.
- Varicella 2 doses series if not previously immunized.
- The Human Papilloma Virus Vaccine is recommended for girls between the ages of 11 and 16 years old.
Where To Get Vaccinations:
Only certified clinics and hospitals in the UAE can give vaccinations, in addition to public hospitals. However, not all expats can be treated in public hospitals.
If you’re considering a specific private clinic or hospital, it is advised to contact them and ask whether they provide immunizations or not.
Are Vaccinations Covered By Health Insurance?
Some policies include vaccination coverage, however, most of health insurance plans in the UAE exclude preventative medicine from cover. In that case, vaccination costs would range between AED 800- AED 1.500 for the first set at 8 weeks. Other sets depend on the schedule one is following and the number of vaccinations given at each stage of the schedule.
Another alternative would be opening a file at your nearest local government-run clinic, and you’ll be entitled for free vaccinations for children up to 5 years old.