Newborn health: Baby vaccines 101

Do you know when it’s time for routine baby vaccines? Are you aware of what kinds of immunisations are given in Singapore? Vaccinations have changed since the days you were in school, so you should keep yourself up-to-date with the when, what and how concerning your baby vaccines schedule.

What are the routine baby vaccines?

Your baby will receive vaccinations against 10 or more infectious illnesses. Some of these vaccines are multi-dosage, meaning that there will be several rounds administered at different stages, with booster shots given later in childhood. It is also usual to deliver several vaccines in the same shot, which will save you from having to make multiple trips.

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These are the compulsory baby vaccines your child will receive:

  • BCG + HepB: Delivered right after birth, this immunization protects your newborn from Tuberculosis and Hepatitis B. A second dose of the HepB vaccine is delivered at one month, and a third dose at 5 to 6 months.
  • DTaP + OPV + PCV: At three months, your baby will receive a 5-in-1 shot against Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Polio and Pneumococcal bacteria. Repeat doses (although not all five at once) are given at three and four months, and then 18 months.
  • MMR: The MMR is a 3-in-1 vaccine that protects against Measles, Mumps & Rubella. It is given when baby is around one year old, usually along with a pneumococcal booster.

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When your child enters primary school, he or she will continue to receive vaccine shots administered through the school. In Primary One, a Polio booster shot is given, while in Primary Five, booster shots for DTaP and Polio are repeated.

Optional baby vaccines

Find out what else you can protect your baby from on the next page…