Qatar follows World Health Organisation’s vaccine schedule and in accordance with child’s age. A total of 12 different vaccines (Bacille Calmette-Guerin – BCG, Hepatitis B, Hexavalent, Pentavalent, Hepatitis B, Poliomyelitis and Haemophilus Influenza Type b,Rotavirus, Oral Polio, Pneumococcal, MMR, Varicella, Hepatitis A, Influenza and Meningococcal) are scheduled for children aged zero to 12 years to protect them against major life threatening diseases of childhood.
Following is the vaccination schedule for children in Qatar:
- BCG and HBV0: Given at birth.
- 6-in-1 vaccine known as Hexavalent, usually given at two months. It protects against Diptheria, Tetanus and Pertussis (whooping cough), Hepatitis B, Polio and Haemophilus influenze type b disease (Hib).
- Pentavalent vaccine almost same like Hexavalent given at two, four and six months.
- MMR protects against measles, mumps and rubella (new recommendation – two times at 12 and 18 months).
- Hepatitis B series vaccine given at 24 months, 3-4 years, 4-6 years, 11-12 years.
- Chickenpox (varicella) vaccine given at 12 months and 3-4 years.
- Pneumococcal vaccine (given at two, four, six and 15 months) protects against pneumonia (chest infection), ear infections and meningitis (a brain infection).
- Rotavirus vaccine (given at two and four months) protects infants against rotavirus, the most common cause of serious diarrhoea in babies and young children.
- Meningococcal ACYW135 (given from two years) prevents four strains of the bacteria that cause Meningococcal disease: A, C, Y, and W-135.
- Influenza vaccine is recommended for children starting from two years.