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The Baby Immunization Schedule

The Immunization Schedule

When a baby is born their immune system is not fully developed, therefore they face a greater risk of being infected with a disease and getting ill. As they grow older they are exposed to germs through the food they eat, the air they breathe, and the things they put in their mouths. Immunizations/vaccines reduce the risk of children contracting diseases that are historically known to be the cause of  many infant deaths.  

The Immunization Schedule
The immunization schedule is designed to protect babies before they are exposed to life-threatening illnesses. 

 The immunization schedule is dependent on two things: 
- When the vaccine will work best with your child's immune system
- When your child needs protection the most

The first vaccine is given at birth and protects babies from contracting tuberculosis. As your child progresses and reaches a certain age they will be due for their next immunization. 

Immunization schedule in line with World Health Organization guidelines: 
The Baby Immunization Schedule

Immunizations are only available at quadcare Meadowlands and Carletonville

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, especially dates issued in the first year. Some of the diseases vaccinated for are fatal. Vacinatting your child on time prevents the exposure to deadly vaccine preventable disease.

The immusation schedule is designed to ensure that vaccines that are not safe in younger children, are issued when they are older. However, we understand that life can sometimes be unpredictable, and you might not be able to bring your baby in for vaccinations exactly as per the schedule.

If you cannot make it to one of the clinics at the suggested time, please contact us as soon as possible to reschedule the appointment. We will work with you to find an alternative date that suits your availability while still providing the best possible protection for your baby. Keep in mind that some vaccines may require a specific time interval between doses for maximum effectiveness. Our healthcare professionals will be happy to assist you in understanding these requirements and adjusting the schedule accordingly.

Please note that delaying or skipping vaccinations can increase your baby's risk of contracting preventable diseases. We strongly encourage you to adhere to the recommended vaccine schedule as closely as possible to ensure your child's long-term health and well-being.
Yes, the vaccines included in the baby vaccine schedule offered by quadcare are carefully selected based on recommendations from the World Health Organization and the South African Department of Health. These vaccines are essential in protecting your baby from a range of serious and potentially life-threatening diseases, many of which can have long-lasting consequences.

Vaccines work by stimulating the immune system to recognize and fight off specific pathogens, thus helping to prevent future infections. By following the recommended vaccine schedule, your baby will be able to build immunity against various diseases at the appropriate time, ensuring optimal protection throughout their early years and beyond.

In addition to protecting your child, vaccinations also contribute to community immunity (also known as herd immunity). This occurs when a significant proportion of the population is vaccinated, thereby reducing the overall prevalence of a disease and making it less likely for unvaccinated individuals, including infants who are too young to receive certain vaccines and people with weakened immune systems, to contract the disease.

It is important to remember that vaccines are thoroughly tested for safety and effectiveness before being approved for use. Our healthcare professionals at the clinic are always available to address any concerns or questions you may have regarding vaccinations and their benefits for your child's health.
Vaccines are recommended in intervals for several reasons, each contributing to the development of a robust and long-lasting immune response:

Building immunity: Some vaccines require multiple doses to help the immune system develop full protection against specific diseases. The intervals between doses allow the immune system to respond to the first dose and gradually build up a stronger defense. This process can take weeks or even months, which is why multiple doses are scheduled at appropriate intervals.

Boosting immunity: For certain vaccines, the immune response may weaken over time. Booster shots are administered at specific intervals to maintain or strengthen the protection initially provided by the vaccine. These boosters help ensure that your child remains protected against the targeted diseases throughout their life.

Age-specific immunity: The immune system develops and changes as a child grows. Some vaccines are more effective when given at specific ages, with the immune system better able to respond and build lasting protection. The recommended intervals take this into account to provide the best possible protection for your child at each stage of their development.

By following the recommended vaccine schedule and intervals, you are helping to ensure that your child receives the most effective protection against preventable diseases. Our healthcare professionals at the clinic will guide you through the vaccination process and provide any necessary information about the specific intervals for each vaccine.
It is generally recommended to follow the vaccine schedule provided by our clinic, as it is based on extensive research and guidance from public health organizations and medical experts. The schedule is designed to provide the most effective protection for your baby against various preventable diseases at the appropriate times.

However, we understand that some parents may have concerns about the number of vaccines administered at once or would like to explore alternative vaccination schedules. If you wish to discuss spreading out the shots, please bring up your concerns with one of our healthcare professionals. They will carefully consider your child's unique circumstances and medical history, as well as the potential risks and benefits associated with altering the vaccine schedule.

It is important to note that spreading out vaccines may increase the period during which your child is vulnerable to certain diseases. Delaying vaccinations can also make it more challenging to keep track of the required doses and adhere to the appropriate intervals, potentially impacting the effectiveness of the vaccines.

We encourage you to discuss any concerns or questions about the vaccine schedule with our healthcare professionals, who will work with you to find the best solution for your child's health and well-being.

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