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After mommy’s love and care, the second most important thing a child needs is vaccination. The first few months are all about hospital visits to getting vaccines. Back in my days, I remember how petrified I was of getting an injection. I used to scream and howl just like any other baby. The tragedy and my cries didn’t end there. My mother was even more upset the next day as I had high temperature and pain in my body. My mother was sick worried about my health, but the doctors said that it was absolutely normal. Turns out, my mother was dreading the vaccination day more than me! 

Vaccines are important for any baby as they help in the prevention of diseases. Thanks to the medicinal advances because we have lesser cases of diseases like diphtheria and polio.

The following are the 7 most important vaccinations for your baby:

1. BCG

This vaccination provides protection against tuberculosis and it provides immunity up to the age of 15-20 years.

2.Oral polio

Just like the campaign reads “ do boond zindagi ke liye” it is important to get 2 drops of this vaccination for your child. It protects your child from acquiring polio.

Follow the following dosage:

One dose every:

-2months

-4 months

-6 to 18 months

-4-6 years

3. DPT

It gives immunity against diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, and whooping cough. It is to be given at one-and-a-half, two-and-a-half, and three-and-a-half months. The second dose of DPT is given when the child turns one-and-a-half years old.

A tetanus injection is usually given every 10 years.

4. Hepatitis A

This vaccine prevents the child from being susceptible to Hepatitis A. The dosage has to be given between 12 and 23 months and the second dose is given between 6 and 18 months after the first dose.

5.Hepatitis B

One shot is given at birth and it is given again at fixed intervals at the end of 6, 10, 12 and 24 weeks post birth.

6.Rotavirus

This is an oral vaccine that provides immunity against diarrhoea, vomiting and stomach ache. The first dosage is given at 2 months of age, the second dose at 4 months and the third one is given at 6 months.

7.MMR

It provides resistance to measles, mumps and rubella. The first shot is given at 9 months of age and the other at 12-15 months.

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