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The National Immunization Schedule

IMMUNIZATION SCHEDULE INFORMATION FOR CHILDREN

TABLE 1: The National Immunization Schedule 

AgeImmunization
At Birth BCG
 Oral Polio Vaccine
6, 10 and 14 weeks DPT
 Oral polio vaccine
 6 to 9 months Oral polio vaccine
 9 months Measles vaccine
 15 to 18 months DPT booster
 Oral polio vaccine
 5 years DPT
 Oral polio vaccine
 10 years Tetanus toxoid
 15 years Tetanus toxoid

 

Hepatitis B, MMR and Hib vaccines are available under this program in some districts only.

Pulse Polio Immunization Program: The Pulse Polio Immunization Program was started in 1995 to eradicate polio. Under this program, all children below the age of 5 years are administered two doses of the oral polio vaccine per year. The oral polio vaccine is administered in the program, since it not only protects the child, but also gets disseminated to the community, thus resulting in widespread protection.

TABLE 2: The recommendations according to the Indian Academy of Pediatrics

AgeImmunization
At Birth BCG
 OPV
 Hepatitis B
 6 weeks OPV with/without IPV
 DPT/ DTaP
 Hepatitis B
  Hib
10 weeks OPV with/without IPV
 DPT/ DTaP
  Hepatitis B
 Hib
14 weeks OPV with/without IPV
 DPT/ DTaP
 Hepatitis B
  Hib
6 months Hepatitis B
 9 months:
 Measles
15-18 months OPV with/without IPV
 DPT/ DTaP booster
 Hib booster
 MMR
2 years Typhoid (may be repeated every 3  to 4 years)
5 years OPV with/without IPV
 DPT/ DTaP booster
 MMR
10 yearsTdap

 

HPV in girls at in 3 doses at 0, 1-2 and 6 months

The recommendations according to the Indian Academy of Pediatrics covers vaccines such as Hepatitis B, MMR and Hib vaccines. The scheduler is more on International guidelines.

Vaccines that may be administered after a discussion with parents to include chicken pox (varicella) vaccine, pneumococcal conjugate, rotavirus vaccine and hepatitis A vaccine.

Read more: Vaccination / Immunization Schedule