Monday, February 1, 2010

Malaysia Vaccination Programme


Hi Dr. Jason,

I just come across your blog which i find very informative.
I've just delivered a baby boy last month. I'd like to seek for your advice regarding the injections like Pneumococcal, Rotavirus & Influenza, do you think it's a must to get these vaccines? As I know the first two ( Pneumococcal & Rotavirus ) are more common and Pneumococcal is not cheap/dose.

Another question is how come the dose given might different from Dr. to Dr.? For instance, Pneumococcal some only need 2 doses, some even 4 doses and period of time given also different. Can I have your explanation on these?

Any more extra informations you would wanna share? Thanks in advance!

Waiting for your reply. Have a nice day!

From : Yvonne

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Hi! YvonneL,


Attached below the tables of the standard Malaysia Vaccination programme:


Malaysia - Mandatory

Age

Vaccine

Immunisation Against

Birth

BCG
Hep B

Bacille Calmette-Guérin vaccine
Hepatitis B vaccine

2 months

Hep B
DTP / Hib / Polio

Hepatitis B vaccine
Diphtheria and tetanus toxoid, pertussis vaccine Haemophilus influenzae vaccine Oral Polio vaccine

3 months

Hep B
DTP / Hib / Polio

Hepatitis B vaccine
Diphtheria and tetanus toxoid, pertussis vaccine Haemophilus influenzae vaccine Oral Polio vaccine

5 months

Hep B
DTP / Hib / Polio

Hepatitis B vaccine
Diphtheria and tetanus toxoid, pertussis vaccine Haemophilus influenzae vaccine Oral Polio vaccine

1 year

MMR

Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccine

18 months

DTP / Hib / Polio

Diphtheria and tetanus toxoid, pertussis vaccine Haemophilus influenzae vaccine Oral Polio vaccine

Malaysia - Recommended

Age

Immunisation Against

2 months

Rotavirus
Pneumococcal C

3 months

Rotavirus
Pneumococcal C

5 months

Pneumococcal C

6 months

Influenza (annually)

1 year

Chicken Pox
Pneumococcal C

2 years

Pneumococcal P
Hepatitis A

2.5 years

Hepatitis A



It is compulsory for the baby to undergo mandatory vaccination as stated in the table 1.


The pneumococcal and rotavirus are categorised in the table 2 as the optional and recommended vaccination.

Both pneumococcal and rotavirus are not available in the government health clinic.

The parents need to obtain the injection in the private clinic with the cost range from RM 220- RM 250 per injection for pneumococcal and RM 150 per injection for Rotavirus.

Pneumococcal is associated with lung infection, ear infection and brain infection of the newborn.

Rotavirus infection is associated with severe infant diarrhoea and vomitting.

The number of injection of pneumococcal is depent on how soon the baby starts its injection.

If the baby starts its injection from 2 months, he/she will require 4 injections. If the injection is started after 1 year old, he/she will only need 2 injections.

However, the earlier you start the pneumococcal injection, the earlier baby will receive the protection from the pneumococcal infection.


Dr Jason


Chinese Translation :

BCG –

Hepatitis B - B型肝炎

DTP -白喉 / 破伤风 /百日咳

HiB -脑膜

Polio - 脊髓灰

MMR -麻疹 / 疹 / 咀嚼

Pneumococcal - 肺炎

Rotavirus -轮状病

3 comments:

Liz said...

Hi Dr. Jason,
Is pneumococcal vaccine need to be taken same day with the Government injection? I am worry that it is too heavey for my baby as his is going to take 3rd month injection at Government clinic and pneumococcal first dos at Private hospital in same day.

Anonymous said...

Hi Doc,
Would like to know what is the price range for this mandatory vaccination currently.
thanks in advance

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