Infants and children up to 12 years of age

A LOOK AT VACCINES FOR INFANTS AND CHILDREN UP TO 12 YEARS OF AGE

A LOOK AT VACCINES FOR INFANTS AND CHILDREN UP TO 12 YEARS OF AGE

Immunisation is a simple and effective way of protecting your child against certain diseases.1 Different vaccines are given at varying times and schedules to offer the optimum protection.

Immunisation is a simple and effective way of protecting your child against certain diseases.1 Different vaccines are given at varying times and schedules to offer the optimum protection.



Every year, rotavirus causes the deaths of more than 500,000 children under 5 years of age worldwide.


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Pneumococcal disease is an infection caused by a type of bacteria called Streptococcus pneumonia (pneumococcus) and is transmitted from an infected person.


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The flu spreads easily and can cause serious problems, especially for very young children. The best way to protect your child against the flu is to get him /her vaccinated every year.


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HepA is a dangerous virus you can get from consuming contaminated food or water. Some infected children do not show symptoms – a factor that plays a role in the spread of the disease.


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JE is a potentially severe disease that can cause inflammation of the brain. As there is no specific treatment for JE, it is important to get your child vaccinated, especially if you are living in areas with high risk of JE virus transmission.

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Even though chickenpox is considered a common childhood disease, it can be dangerous, especially in young infants.


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Meningococcal meningitis is very serious and can be fatal. In fatal cases, deaths can occur in as little as a few hours. In non-fatal cases, permanent disabilities can include hearing loss and brain damage.


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HPV can cause cervical cancer and genital warts in women. There is no cure for HPV infection, but some of the problems it causes can be treated.


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References
  1. Heath Service Executive Ireland. Baby and Childhood Immunisation. Available at http://www.hse.ie/eng/health/immunisation/pubinfo/babychildimm/. Last accessed 1 July 2016.
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Pink Book: Course Textbook - 13th Edition, 2015. Rotavirus. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/pinkbook/rota.html. Last accessed 1 July 2016.
  3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Pneumococcal Disease and the Vaccine (Shot) to Prevent It. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents/diseases/child/pneumo.html. Last accessed 1 July 2016.
  4. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Flu (Influenza) and the Vaccine to Prevent It. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents/diseases/child/flu.html. Last accessed 1 July 2016.
  5. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Hepatitis A and the Vaccine (Shot) to Prevent It. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents/diseases/child/hepa.html. Last accessed 1 July 2016.
  6. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Japanese encephalitis. Available at ="http://www.cdc.gov/japaneseencephalitis/qa/index.html. Last accessed 1 July 2016.
  7. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Chickenpox. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/chickenpox/index.html. Last accessed 1 July 2016.
  8. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Meningococcal Disease. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/meningococcal/about/symptoms.html. Last accessed 1 July 2016.
  9. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Genital HPV Infection - Fact Sheet. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/std/hpv/stdfact-hpv.htm. Last accessed 1 July 2016.
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