Why are vaccines important and what vaccines are suitable for my child? We answer these questions and more.
Why are childhood immunisations important?
Vaccinations protect your child from deadly diseases and keep other children safe by preventing the spread of dangerous diseases from child to child.
What are vaccines?
Vaccines are made from the same viruses that cause the disease in question. They are modified to be introduced into human bodies in their weakened or dead state. When your child receives a vaccine, his/her immune system gets activated and develops antibodies. These antibodies respond by destroying the infections or germs in the body, providing immunity from deadly diseases.
When should you delay your child’s immunisation?
- If your baby is born prematurely
- If your baby weighs less than 2 kg
- If your child has a high fever or is unwell
- If your child is being treated for cancer (especially for live vaccines)
- If your child has any disease that weakens the immune system
- If your child is being assessed for a neurological problem
- If your child has had a serious reaction to any previous injection
- If your child has an allergy to eggs (but is no longer a contradiction to giving MMR and Influenza vaccines)
The above conditions are not absolute contraindications and you should discuss any concerns with your doctor.
What kind of side effects do vaccines have?
- Your baby may cry after the injection for a short while.
- Your baby may feel a little sore with slight redness and even a small lump over the injection site. This should all clear within a few days.
- Your baby may develop a fever, crankiness and a slight loss of appetite for about two to three days after the injection.
- Some parents may be concerned that the MMR vaccines are linked to autism. There is no scientific proof to this misconception and numerous studies done subsequently have debunked this link. Please consult your doctor if you have any concerns.
Find out the types of diseases your child will be immunised against for different ages
Singapore’s National Childhood Immunisation Programme is based on recommendations from Singapore’s National Vaccine advisory committee and the World Health Organization. It consists of the Childhood Vaccination Programme, which is conducted by the Family Health Service, hospitals and clinics and the School Vaccination Programme which is conducted by the School Health Service.
For more information on Singapore’s National Childhood Immunisation Programme, click HERE.
How can I pay for these vaccinations?
You may use $400 from your Medisave account per calendar year for certain vaccinations. You can also use your child’s Baby Bonus for immunisation programmes at approved healthcare institutions.
More information on Baby Bonus, HERE.
Types of Child Immunisation
- BCG: Bacille Calmette-Guérin
- Chicken Pox
- DTPa: Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis
- 5-in-1: Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis, Hib and IPV
- 6-in-1: Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis, Hib, IPV and Hep B
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- HPV: Human Papilloma Virus (Gardasil 9)
- Influenza Injection (Flu)
- Japanese Encephalitis Vaccine (Imojev)
- Meningococcal (Nimenrix)
- Meningococcal B (Bexsero / Trumenba)
- Meningococcal C
- MMR: Mumps, Measles & Rubella
- MMRV: Measles, Mumps, Rubella and Chicken Pox (Proquad)
- Oral Polio
- Pneumococcal (Prevenar 13)
- Pneumovax 23
- Rotavirus (Rotarix / Rotateq)
SBCC Baby & Child vaccination packages
SBCC Baby & Child Clinics’ vaccination packages cover all your child’s vaccination needs based on Singapore’s National Childhood Immunisation Programme. Our clinics are approved by Baby Bonus.
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