Child vaccines

Updated: Dec 14, 2018 govt.chinadaily.com.cn Print

Vaccination is the safest and most effective way to protect children from infectious diseases. All children should get vaccinated following the national immunization procedure.

There are 14 vaccines in China's national immunization program, which can prevent 15 diseases. Eleven vaccines for children can prevent 12 infectious diseases, including hepatitis B, poliomyelitis, measles, rubella, mumps, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, hepatitis A, encephalitis B, epidemic meningitis and tuberculosis.

Current vaccine types and immunization procedures of the National Immunization Program (2016):

Vaccines

Age of recipient

Dosage

Notes

Hepatitis B vaccine

Zero, one month and six months

3

The first dose must be within 24 hours of birth, and the interval between the first and the second dose must be no less than 28 days.

BCG (Bacille Calmette-Guérin)vaccine

newborn

1

 

Live attenuated polio vaccine

 

Two, three, four months and4 years

4

The intervals between the first and the second dose, and between the second and third dose must be no shorter than 28 days.

Combined diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine

Three, four, five months and18~24 months

4

The intervals between the first and the second dose, and between the second and third dose must be no shorter than 28 days.

Combined diphtheria and tetanus vaccine

 

Six years

1

 

Combined measles-rubella (leprosy) vaccine

Eight months

1

 

Combined measles-mumps-rubella (mumps)   vaccine

18~24 months

1

 

Live attenuated Japanese encephalitis vaccine

Eight months and two years

2

 

Group A meningococcal polysaccharide vaccine

  6~18 months

2

The interval between the first and the second dose must be three months.

Group A + Group C meningococcal polysaccharide conjugate vaccine

Three years and six years

2

The interval between the two doses must be no less than three years. The interval between the first dose and the second dose of Group A meningococcal polysaccharide vaccine must be no shorter than 12 months.

Live attenuated hepatitis A vaccine

18 months

1

 

Inactivated vaccine against Japanese encephalitis B

Eight months (two doses), two years and six years

4

The interval between the first and the second dose must be seven to ten days

Inactivated hepatitis A vaccine

18 months and 24-30 months

2

The interval between the two doses must be no shorter than six months.

Chinese source: www.nhc.gov.cn

Note: The English version is for reference only. Vaccines in the immunization program are free of charge. The vaccination program may vary slightly in different regions. To learn more, please consult qualified professionals.

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