Can A Baby’s Immunization Schedule Be More Than Its Scheduled Date?
I want to ask, can the baby’s immunization schedule be late / beyond the date, if it is allowed for maximum days / time?
Thank you for the question.
There are many types of immunizations that can be given to babies, ranging from the nature of the mandatory, to only a suggestion. This immunization is very important function so that the baby is more immune to several types of infectious diseases, such as hepatitis B, tuberculosis, polio, diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, measles, rubella, mumps, pneumonia, and so on. Although it does not guarantee the baby is 100% free of these diseases, but the risk of the baby experiencing pain will obviously be greatly reduced. And even when sick, often babies who get complete immunizations will not experience dangerous complications as babies who are not immunized.
Depending on the type of immunization, the time of administration can also be different. Therefore, the time limit for immunization, such as how long it may be late, is also different. For example, BCG immunization given to trigger active immunity against tuberculosis should ideally be given when a newborn is born until he is 2-3 months old. Meanwhile, if there are obstacles that cause the baby is not immunized until this age, then immunization can still be done before the baby is 5 years old, provided that an examination is done first to evaluate its immune status, for example with the Mantoux test. If another type of immunization you are referring to, then the recommended time for administration may be different.
Delaying immunizations in babies is often considered trivial. In fact, this should be avoided, because it causes your risk to get the disease will be even greater. Even so, even if it's too late, then you should also not panic. Take your baby immediately to the doctor or pediatrician to evaluate which types of immunizations can still be pursued according to the conditions.
Unfortunately, you did not explain exactly what immunization meant. Therefore, you should consult further with a doctor or pediatrician regarding this matter ...
I hope this helps.