Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Anon | 2009-09-09

Q.

Vaccines for a 5 year old

According to the immunisation chart, at age of 5 a child needs certain vaccines etc but this has apparently been changed to the age of 6. Hence nothing at age 5.Is this correct?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

No the period for these booster vaccinations is between the ages of 4 and 6 years

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Posted by: Purple | 2009-09-10

I' m in the same boat. I asked our nurse, and she said that children now start school a year later than in the past, and the vaccination was always done the year before starting school, so they changed the schedule to make it easier for people to remember.
She said that the vaccines remain effective right up till the the 6th birthday when they then gradually lose effectiveness.
She did suggest that the MMR booster still gets done at 5 though, as she said that it has lost quite a bit of effectiveness by age 5.
She said that you can still do the vaccine at 5 if you want to, it' s not a problem, the change to 6 is for convenience reasons only.

Reply to Purple
Posted by: Pam | 2009-09-09

That' s what I have been told. i also took my LO to the clinic for the 5 year immunisation and the sister told met it has change to 6 years.

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