Is your child's immunization schedule up to date?
Vaccine hesitancy has been listed by the PanAmerican Health Organization (PAHO) as one of the top ten threats to global health.
It is defined as the reluctance or refusal to vaccinate despite the availability of vaccines and the Ministry of Health in Barbados noted this was the main reason for low-vaccine uptake in children over the last few years.
The Ministry is particularly concerned about declining rates for the second dose of the MMR (mumps, measles and rubella) vaccine. Barbados recorded a rate of 74 per cent for immunization coverage in children under one last year, well below the expected 90 per cent rate.
In most countries, vaccinations begin at eight weeks old and continue up until age 11. Take a look at the list to determine if your child has had all the required vaccinations:
- 2 months 1st DPT and Oral/IM Polio, HIB, Hep B
- 4 months 2nd DPT and Oral/IM Polio, HIB, Hep B
- 6 months 3rd DPT and Oral/IM Polio, HIB, Hep B
- 12 months 1st Measles, Mumps. Rebella
- 18 months 1st Booster DPT & Oral/IM Polio
- 3-5 years 2nd Measles, Mumps, Ruebella
- 4 1/2 years 2nd Booster DPT & Oral/IM Polio
- 5 years B.C.G (usually given at school)
- 11 years 3rd booster DT & Oral/IM Polio