Immunization

Immunizations prepare the immune system to ward off a disease. In addition to the initial immunization process, the effectiveness of immunizations can be improved by periodic repeat injections or "boosters."

Immunizations work by stimulating the immune system, the natural disease-fighting system of the body. The healthy immune system is able to recognize invading bacteria and viruses and produce substances (antibodies) to destroy or disable them.

The objective of the Expanded Programme of Immunization is to protect children

Under one year of age against:

  • Diphtheria
  • Pertussis
  • Tetanus
  • Haemophilus
  • Influenza
  • Type
  • BHepatitis
  • BPneumoccus
  • Poliomyelitis

At one year of age against:

  • Varicella
  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Rubella

For further information, please contact your local community health clinic.

See also:

Recommended Immunizations for Children Age 0-6 years
Recommended Immunizations for Children Age 7-18 years
Recommended Immunizations for Adults