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Childhood Immunisation: Your Guide to Vaccinations in the UAE

13 Jun 2018 mymedicnow

Childhood Immunisation: Your Guide to Vaccinations in the UAE

As a parent, you always look for ways to protect your child – be it a car seat in the back of your car or a small bottle of handwash that you carry with you always. However, there are certain situations, when its beyond your control to protect your child, and immunisation is one of the best steps you can take to ensure that your child stays healthy and safe.

In the UAE, children are prone to infections that could lead to flu, pneumonia, diarrhoea, etc. Immunisation is therefore very important to ensure your child’s best health. Most often multiple vaccinations are required tomake sure that the child's immune response is ready to go if they are exposed naturally to the virus or bacteria. Vaccinations not only help protect the health of your child, it also keeps the entire community healthy.Here’s a list of important vaccinations that your child needs in the UAE.

The UAE law and regulation mandates every child in the UAE to be immunised with the following vaccines-

  • BCG (against tuberculosis)
  • Diphtheria
  • Tetanus Toxoid
  • Pertussis (DTaP)
  • Poliovirus vaccine (IPV/OPV)
  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Rubella (MMR)
  • Haemophilus Influenza type b (Hib) vaccine
  • Hepatitis B vaccine (HBV)
  • Varicella
  • Pneumococcal vaccines

While most parents worry that vaccinations are costly, in the UAE, it is not. If you have a government health card, you can get your child vaccinated at any certified government hospitals for free. While not all expats are offered free treatments at the public hospital, the vaccination fee charged from such groups is very minimal.

It is a good idea to maintain a schedule to ensure that your child doesn’t miss a vaccination. However, due to uncalled circumstances, if ever your child misses an immunisation, it’s best to contact a paediatrician to work out a new schedule. To ensure that you have access to the best paediatricians, you can always rely on MyMedicNow for any help or support.

MyMedicNow is an innovative engagement platform which offers quick communication between doctors and patients on an on-going basis and allows users to access calendars, doctor information, build schedules, check their nationality, gender and engage with the doctor at the press of a click.

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