Ask The Expert: Why Is It Important To Vaccinate My Child?

The biggest misconception about vaccination is that vaccines cause autism.
02 January 2019

Vaccination is the primary step to keeping children healthy and protected from preventable diseases.

It protects them from serious illness and complications of vaccine-preventable diseases. Some of these diseases can have serious consequences and should be avoided.

What are the mandatory vaccinations required by law in Singapore?

In Singapore, there are two vaccines that are mandatory by law – diphtheria and measles. A child should receive three doses of diphtheria vaccines before one year of age. The first booster dose is given at 18 months of age followed by a top-up booster above the age of 11 years to maintain continued protection against diphtheria. The first measles vaccine is given at 12 months of age with a second booster at age 15 to 18 months. Mandatory vaccinations for primary school children include BCG, pertussis, tetanus, poliomyelitis, mumps, rubella and hepatitis B.

What other vaccinations should parents consider and why?

Pneumococcal vaccines for infants is recommended as it prevents pneumonia, meningitis and sepsis. Infants should also get vaccinated against rotavirus – a virus that causes gastroenteritis (vomiting and diarrhea). Influenza vaccine is another that is recommended yearly. Infants 6 months or older may receive their first influenza vaccine. Children younger than 9 years of age will need two doses of influenza vaccines if they are receiving them for the first time.

International Medical Clinic (IMC) specialises in family, paediatric and travel medicine. With four welcoming clinics across Singapore, you can be sure of professional and compassionate care for the whole family. The IMC doctors are internationally trained (speaking over nine languages) and dedicated to the care and well-being of their patients.

International Medical Clinic (IMC)

1 Orchard Blvd, Camden Medical Centre, #14-06, 248649
Tel: 6733 4440
Web: www.imc-healthcare.com
Other Locations: Paediatric Clinic (at Camden Medical Centre), Jelita (Holland Rd) and Katong (East Coast Rd)

 

From The Finder (Issue 296) , January 2019 

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