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Child Immunisation Schedule SA

Child Immunisation Schedule SA

South Africa offers an extensive child immunisation program. All these vaccines are available at public clinics for free. Private clinics also offer an immunisation program, however, some fee may be involved, as not all medical aids pay for the vaccines. The private schedule offers more vaccines than state clinics and there may also be differences in schedules between private and public.

The following two tables below outline the different immunisation schedules.

Department Of Health Extended Program Of Immunisation (EPI) Schedule:

AGE OF CHILD VACCINATION PROTECTS AGAINST
Birth BCG Bacillus Calmette Guerin Tuberculosis
OPV (0) Oral polio vaccine: OPV-Merieux/Polioral Polio
6 weeks OPV (1) Polio
RV (1) Rotavirus vaccine: Rotarix Rotavirus
DTaP-IPV-Hib-HBV (1) Hexavalent: Hexaxim Diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis (whooping cough), polio, haemophilus influenzae type B, Hepatitis B
PCV 13 (1) Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine: Prevenar-13 Pneumococcal diseases
10 weeks DTaP-IPV-Hib-HBV (2) Diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio, haemophilus influenzae type B, Hepatitis B
14 weeks RV (2) Rotavirus
DTaP-IPV-Hib-HBV (3) Diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio, haemophilus influenzae type B, Hepatitis B
PCV 13 (2) Pneumococcal diseases
6 months Measles (1) MeasBio Measles
9 months PCV 13 (3) Pneumococcal diseases
12 months Measles (2) Measles
18 months DTaP-IPV-Hib-HBV (4) Diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio, haemophilus influenzae type B, Hepatitis B
6 years Td (1) Diftavax Tetanus, Diptheria
9 years (girls only) HPV (1) (repeat 6 months later) Human papilloma Virus
HPV (2) Human papilloma Virus
12 years Td (2) Diftavax Tetanus, Diptheria

Private Practice Child Immunisation Schedule:

AGE OF CHILD VACCINATION PROTECTS AGAINST
Birth BCG Bacillus Calmette Guerin Tuberculosis
OPV (0) Oral polio vaccine: OPV-Merieux/Polioral Polio
6 weeks OPV (1) Polio
RV (1) Rotavirus vaccine: Rotarix/RotaTeq Rotavirus
DTaP-IPV-Hib-HBV (1) Hexavalent: Hexaxim/Infanrix-Hexa Diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis (whooping cough), polio, haemophilus influenzae type B, Hepatitis B virus
PCV 13 (1) Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine: Prevenar-13/Synflorix Pneumococcal diseases
10 weeks RV (2) Rotavirus
DTaP-IPV-Hib-HBV (2) Diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio, haemophilus influenzae type B, HBV
PCV 13 (2) Pneumococcal diseases
14 weeks RV (2) or (3) Rotavirus
DTaP-IPV-Hib-HBV (3) Diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio, haemophilus influenzae type B, HBV
PCV (3) Pneumococcal diseases
6 months + Flu Influenza vaccine Influenza
9 months Measles (1) Rouvax

Or

MMR (1) Trimovax/Priorix

Measles

Measles, mumps, rubella

MCV (1) Meningococcal vaccine: Menactra Meningococcal diseases
12 -15 months MMR (1) or (2)

Or

MMRV (1) Priorix Tetra

Measles, mumps, rubella

Measles, mumps, rubella, chickenpox

Varicella (1) Varilrix Chicken pox
PCV (4) Pneumococcal disease
MCV (2) Meningococcal disease
HAV (1) Hepatitis A vaccine: Avaxim 80/Havrix Junior (repeat 6 months later) Hepatitis A virus
18 months DTaP-IPV-Hib-HBV (4) Diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio, haemophilus influenzae type B, HBV
18-21 months HAV (2) Avaxim 80/Havrix Junior Hepatitis A virus
5-6 years

 

MMR (2) or (3)

Or

MMRV (2)

Measles, mumps, rubella

Measles, mumps, rubella, chickenpox

Varicella (2) Chicken pox
DTaP Infanrix

Or

DTaP-IPV Quadrivalent: Adacel Quadra/Boostrix Tetra

Diptheria, tetanus, whooping cough

DTaP plus polio

9 years + (girls & boys; 13 years) HPV (1) Gardasil/Cervarix (girls only) (repeat 6 months later) Human papilloma Virus
HPV (2) Human papilloma Virus
12 years

 

TdaP-IPV Diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio

Download a copy of the South African Immunisation Schedule here.

RESOURCES

National Institute for Communicable Disease (2016) Vaccine Information for Parents and Caregivers. [Online] Available from: http://www.nicd.ac.za/assets/files/NICD_Vaccine_Booklet_D132_FINAL.pdf [Accessed 29 June 2018].

Netcare, (2016). Vaccine Schedules for South Africa for 2016. [Online] Available from: http://www.netcarehospitals.co.za/Portals/3/Images/Content-Images/PDF/latest-vaccine-schedule.pdf [Accessed 30 June 2018].

The National Department of Health, (2015). Vaccinator’s Manual “Immunisation That Works” Expanded Programme on Immunisation in South Africa (EPI-SA). [Online] Available from: https://www.westerncape.gov.za/assets/departments/health/vaccinators_manual_2016.pdf [Accessed 29 June 2018].

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