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Childhood Diseases

Updated 23 April 2018

Routine immunisation schedule

Routine immunisation schedule in South Africa

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National routine immunisation schedule

Age of child

Which vaccine?

How and where is it given?

At birth

BCG (vaccine against TB)

Polio vaccine

vaccination in upper right arm

drops by mouth

6 weeks old

Polio vaccine

DTP* vaccine

Hib*** vaccine

Hepatitis B vaccine

drops by mouth

injection in left thigh

injection in left thigh

injection in right thigh

10 weeks old

Polio vaccine

DTP* vaccine

Hib*** vaccine

Hepatitis B vaccine

drops by mouth

injection in left thigh

injection in left thigh

injection in right thigh

14 weeks old

Polio vaccine

DTP* vaccine

Hib*** vaccine

Hepatitis B vaccine

drops by mouth

injection in left thigh

injection in left thigh

injection in right thigh

9 months old

Measles vaccine

injection in right thigh

18 months old

Polio vaccine

DTP* vaccine

Measles vaccine

drops by mouth

injection in left arm

injection in right arm

6 years old

Polio vaccine

Td** vaccine

drops by mouth

injection in left arm

DTP* = vaccine against diptheria, whooping cough and tetanus (lock-jaw)

Td** = vaccine against diphteria and tetanus only

Hib*** = vaccine against Haemophilus influenzae type b

All the above vaccines are freely available at state and private clinics. (You only pay for the “well baby consultation”.)

 

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