Immunization Safety 2 Times A Day?
I want to ask if it is possible for the baby to be given 2x immunizations within one day. for example, polio drops can equal 1 r nThank you
Hello Mrs. Istie,
There are generally two types of vaccines, consisting of weakened live bacteria / viruses, or from dead or inactive components of bacteria / viruses. Live vaccines include BCG, MR / MMR, varicella, oral polio (drops), and rotavirus. Dead / inactivated vaccines for example DPT, PCV, HiB, influenza. There are sources that state that between live vaccines need to be spaced 2-4 weeks in order to avoid interference. There is no special distance between live vaccines and inactivated vaccines, and various studies suggest it is okay to administer them together, as long as the injection is different, not mixed and given the right way.
The immunization schedule has taken into account the distance of this immunization. DPT and polio are scheduled together, so it is okay to do it in one visit. DPT is an inactive vaccine, while polio drops are the active vaccine. The two of them are fine given together. Providing concurrent / simultaneous immunizations can actually help reduce visits to health facilities and improve immunization compliance.
The side effects of immunization include swelling at the injection site, low-grade fever, or the child becoming fussy. Usually it will only happen for 1-2 days. If your baby becomes inactive, weak, lazy to breastfeed, or has a fever of more than 38 degrees you should consult a doctor immediately.
At this time, you can keep your immunizations on schedule. If there is a delay, consult a health worker.
Also read: Simultaneous Vaccination