Worried about vaccinating? Please check the facts. My blog post is a good place to start, but there is a lot of solid research available.

South Africa’s vaccination schedule is in line with the World Health Organization’s recommendations of how children should be vaccinated.  The vaccination schedule is slightly modified (see items with the annotation “non-govt”) to show the recommended vaccination schedule in the circles from which most of Heather’s clients are drawn.

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) Expanded Programme of Immunization (EPI) encourages vaccination against measles, polio, pertussis (whooping cough), diphtheria, tetanus and tuberculosis. The South African Department of Health’s immunisation schedule is in line with the WHO’s vaccination recommendations. Between two and three million deaths are prevented globally each year by effective immunisation.

The vaccinations shown are available at government clinics and from private sector health facilities.  The service Heather provides is a private practice which costs a little more than a government clinic but saves you time and provide a warm, personal service in a homely environment.

There are also additional vaccinations, such as the MMR vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella, which should be done from 12 to 15 months and again as a booster at five-six years. Keep a record of your child’s vaccinations as schools may ask for proof of immunisation when you register.  Heather maintains record cards for all of her clients.

Age of Child Vaccine Needed How
Birth (Hospital) BCG

BOPV

Subcutaneous injection

Drops by mouth(ommitted in some private hospitals)

6 weeks RV

DTP-IPV/Hib/Hepatitis B

PCV13

Drops by mouth

Intramuscular injection

Intramuscular injection

10 weeks DTP-IPV/Hib/Hepatitis B Intramuscular injection
14 weeks RV

DTP-IPV/Hib/Hepatitis B

PCV13

Drops by mouth

Intramuscular injection

Intramuscular injection

9 months Measles

PCV13

Intramuscular injection

Intramuscular injection

12 months Menactra #1- meningococcal(private)

Hepatitis A (private)

Intramuscular injection

Intramuscular injection

15 months Menactra #2- meningococcal(private)

MMR (private)

Intramuscular injection

Intramuscular injection

18 months DTP-IPV/Hib/Hepatitis B booster

Hepatitis A booster (private)

Intramuscular injection

Intramuscular injection

6 years DTP-IPV(private)

MMR booster (private)

Intramuscular injection
12 years DTP-IPV (private)

Gardasil -HPV vaccine (private)

Intramuscular injection

Intramuscular injection

  • BCG – Bacilli Calmete-Guerin (Anti-tuberculosis vaccine)
  • TOPV – Trivalent oral polio vaccine
  • DTP-IPV/Hib – diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis vaccine, inactivated polio vaccine, Haemophilus influenza type b vaccine
  • Td – tetanus and diphtheria vaccine
  • RV – rotavirus vaccine
  • PCV7– 7-valent pneumococcal vaccine
  • MMR – Measles, Mumps & Rubella