Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Curious | 2008/08/22


Vitamin A Tablet

My son is almost 2, and goes to nursery school. The other day we received a notice from the school, on a Departmen of Health letterhead, stating that all children from the age of 6 months to 59 months, must have a vitamin A tablet every 6 months.

I have never heard of this before. Surely my clinic would have given it to my son if it was necessary, and should have told me to bring him every 6 months or something.

We were supposed to sign a consent form for this vitamin A tablet, however, we refused to sign it. If it is something my son should have, I will rather obtain it from our clinic.

Is this vitamin A story true? If so, why are parents not being told about it? Please share your comments on this.

Expert's Reply



This is a new inititiative. Vitamin A protects against night blindness and also has an enhancing effect on the immune system. A single dose of Vitamin A is recommended.

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