The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has left the world grappling with a unique kind of crisis. The uncertainty caused by the lockdown is worrying for most of us, to say the least. Stepping out of the house to visit the hospital during such a time can be more unsettling, as there is the fear of contacting the disease from others. If you are a mother-to-be who is due soon or a parent of a newborn, you might be wondering how often you would need to visit the hospital for routine check-ups. But most important of all, you might be wondering how you can manage your baby’s vaccination schedules.
Timely immunisations help prevent and control a large number of infectious and chronic diseases like diarrhea, pneumonia, measles, polio and whooping cough.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) and the IAP (Indian Academy of Pediatrics) recommend a list of vaccines from birth to prevent serious health problems in children. Vaccines of BCG (Bacilli Calmette-Guerin), OPV 0 (zero dose of oral polio vaccine) and first dose of Hepatitis B (Hep-B) are administered at birth itself.²
According to the schedule, vaccines such as DTP(to protect against diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough), polio, second dose of Hep-B, HiB(Influenza type B), rotavirus vaccine and PCV(pneumococcal conjugate vaccine) are administered before 10 weeks of age.³ Since it is mandated by the government that you do not step out of the house to prevent the spread of Covid-19, how can you ensure that your newborn is vaccinated as per the recommended schedule? Experts from Vaxline can assist you.
If you still need to visit the clinic or hospital due to unavoidable reasons, ensure that:
To know more, read up on information provided by Vaxline