Fact: Vaccines will help protect your baby from many serious illnesses. There is a total of 13 vaccinations, but the majority of the shots needs to be administered before your baby turns 2 years old. To make it easier for you to keep track, the Philippine Pediatric Society (PPS) along with the Pediatric Infectious Disease Society of the Philippines and the Philippine Foundation for Vaccination (PFV) have released a 2016 Childhood Immunization Schedule guide.
The chart below shows the recommended vaccinations from the time a child is born up until he turns 18 years old. A number of the vaccines require several shots during different ages, hence they are plotted under different ages on the chart. A few of the vaccine types already contain protection from several diseases too, like the MMR vaccine, which stands for Measles-Mumps-Rubella-Varicella Vaccine. The chart does not include the Dengue Tetravalent Vaccine as sufficient data is still needed in order to safely recommend it.
Note that the Hepatitis B Vaccine (HBV) and the Bacillus Calmette-Guarin (BCG) are given to your child right after he’s born, so that’s two less shots to worry about. Remember, however, that the HBV requires several more doses.
Take note as well that the vaccines with asterisks should be given at least four weeks apart, and the length of the yellow bar indicates that the vaccine can be given within that time frame.
During your child's first or second month checkup, he'll be given several vaccination shots. Be prepared for this. Your child’s pedia will have the same schedule as the ones here, and many clinics even provide immunization record books.
The full Childhood Immunization Schedule 2016 file, which includes detailed info on each of the vaccines and more can be downloaded from the PFV website here.
The chart above, on the other hand, is distributed in the US by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Family Physicians. It can also be used as a guide. But notice that it does not include the BCG vaccine and the Japanese Encephalitis Vaccine (JE) and only goes up to the age of 6.
Try not to miss any scheduled shots but if you do, don’t panic. Your child can still take it as long as he’s given the go signal by his doctor, advises the chart.
To see the full infographic, click here. It also includes info on what diseases the vaccines protect against, how these diseases spread, the diseases’ symptoms and the diseases’ complications.