My experience during immunization of my children in Nigeria
When I gave birth to my first child, I knew nothing about Nigeria immunization schedule or where the vaccines will be given. I checked on google but I could find for immunization information for babies born in Nigeria.
During ante-natal, we were told that baby will be immunized but that was where the information ended. The normal trend is that a mother goes to immunize her baby on the days stated on the immunization card.
But there is often no information on what vaccination your baby is going to take or where it will be given.
Most times, when you ask the health care providers at the health centre, they won’t answer you. I really don’t blame them. Most health centres are understaffed, and untrained on how to give appropriate information to parents.
After the birth of my second child, I was at the immunization centre and during a talk, they mentioned that we should be sure to complete the immunization schedule for our babies. This prompted me to ask when a baby should be given the last routine immunization and I was told at 15 months.
Did your children complete their Nigeria immunization schedule?
I was shocked to learn that my first child did not complete her immunization schedule – we stopped at 9months. When I showed her card to the matron of the health centre, it was confirmed that not only did she not complete her immunization, there were other vaccines she missed in between.
I asked them what should be done, and they confirmed that they will schedule her for a make-up dose. It took us another 4 months and 3 visits for her to complete her immunization.
That is what lead me to meet them and get this schedule, in order to share it with other parents. Read it through to confirm if your kids have completed the Nigeria immunization schedule.
P.S. It is important to keep your children’s immunization card in a safe place. It is one of the pre-requisite for admission into western schools.
Why you have to vaccinate your babies.
Infectious diseases that kill or disable children are numerous. These diseases include Tuberculosis, Diphtheria, Pneumonia, Pertussis, Tetanus, Poliomyelitis, measles, yellow fever, Hepatitis B and Diarrhea.
We need to protect our babies from these killer diseases with these vaccines that can prevent them.
The Complete Nigeria Immunization schedule
|No of doses||Age||Minimal interval b/w doses||Route of administration||Dose||Vaccine site|
|1||Birth or as soon as possible||intradermal||0.05ml||Upper arm|
|Hepatitis B vaccine (Hep B)||1||At birth, within 24hrs of birth||intramuscular||0.5ml||Outer part of the right thigh.|
|Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV)||4||At birth, at 6, 10 and 14 weeks||4 weeks||oral||2 drops||Mouth|
|Pentalent Vaccine (contains DPT,
Hep B and HIB)
|3||At 6, 10 and 14 weeks of age.||4 weeks||intramuscular||0.5ml||Outer part of the left thigh.|
|Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV)||3||At 6, 10, 14 weeks of age||4 weeks||intramuscular||0.5ml||Outer part of the right thigh.|
|Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV)||1||At 14 weeks||intramuscular||0.5ml||Outer part of right thigh. (2.5cm away from PCV site)|
|Rotavirus vaccine||2||At 6 and 10 weeks of age||4 weeks||Oral||1.5ml||Mouth|
|Measles vaccine||1||At 9 months of age||Subcutaneous||0.5ml||Upper right arm|
|Yellow fever vaccine||1||At 9 months of age||Subcutaneous||0.5ml||Upper right arm|
|Vitamin A||2||At 9 months of age and at 15 months of age.||6 months||oral||100,000 IU
Click here to download the PDF copy of the complete Nigeria-Immunization-schedule
I hope you will find it helpful. Be sure to use it to find out if your child has completed her immunization.
What is your immunization experience? I’d love to hear your story.
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