EPI Schedule for infants less than 1 year
- BCG dose for children ≥ 12 months is 0.1ml
- OPV0 must be given within first weeks after birth
- HepB0 should be preferably given within 24 hours of birth. If this is not possible, it may be given up to 2 weeks after birth
Schedule for children with HIV/AIDS
- Note: BCG, Yellow fever, Mumps and Rubella are contraindicated in symptomatic HIV infection.
TT immunization Schedule for women of
Child bearing age (15-49 years)
Vitamin A Supplementation
- IU- international units
- RE – equivalent retinol
Note: After first dose (6-11 month), repeat Vit A every 6 months until 5 years of age.
- The manufacturer’s instructions should be followed strictly.
- The immunization status of every child should be checked at each contact with a health service (including hospital outpatient departments and wards), verified by sighting the immunization
card and immunization should be
offered as appropriate to eliminate
- Therefore mothers must be encouraged to always bring their children’s immunization cards whenever visiting a health facility for any reason (curative or preventive).
- Health workers to always request to sight the immunization card while attending to any child.
- When multiple injectable vaccines are required during the same visit, they should be given at different sites.
- When a dose is delayed, resume without repeating the previous dose.
- BCG for children 26 months, mantoux test should first be carried out to exclude active infection or previous immunity before BCG is given (children less than 6 months do not mount sufficient reaction to tuberculin test).
- Pertussis vaccine – give acellular vaccine in place of whole cell if child is 23 years.
- Beside above exceptions, children less than 5 years who are not previously immunized should follow the normal recommended schedule maintaining the
minimum intervals between doses.
Awareness on numbers 2, 3 & 4 above to
be created nationwide.