6 Vaccines for Children to Boost Immunity During the Rainy Season

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06 May 2024

6 Vaccines for Children to Boost Immunity During the Rainy Season

      As the rainy season begins, bringing cooler temperatures and high humidity, viruses and bacteria can spread rapidly, leading to numerous infectious diseases. Despite increased awareness of pandemics, young children, whose immune systems are not yet fully developed, are particularly susceptible to infections and illnesses. Today, we have six essential vaccines for children to boost immunity during the rainy season.

  1. Influenza Vaccine: The flu vaccine should be administered 1-2 months before the annual outbreak season and is suitable for children aged 6 months and older.
  2. Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease Vaccine: Caused by a virus, this disease is present year-round but more common during the rainy season, particularly in children aged 6 months to 3 years (kindergarten to early elementary school).
  3. Dengue Fever Vaccine: Dengue fever, transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes, can affect both children and adults. Symptoms include high fever lasting more than three days, redness in the eyes and face, fatigue, and abdominal pain.
  4. Chickenpox Vaccine: An effective vaccine for chickenpox is available and recommended starting at age one, with a booster at age four. This is an optional vaccine, not yet mandatory for all children.
  5. Rotavirus Vaccine: Rotavirus is a major cause of diarrhea or gastroenteritis, often transmitted through contaminated toys, food, or personal items, especially in young children. This oral vaccine can be given to infants starting at 6-12 weeks old.
  6. Pneumococcal Vaccine (IPD and Pneumonia): Caused by the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae, this severe infection can lead to bacteremia and meningitis, posing significant risks to children under two. The vaccine schedule includes doses at 2, 4, 6, and 12-15 months of age.

      Parents, remember to bring your child’s health record book to every vaccination appointment. This allows the pediatrician to assess immunity and ensure continuity of the vaccination schedule. Children are especially prone to illness during the rainy season. If your child exhibits unusual symptoms such as high fever, reduced appetite, vomiting, fatigue, dehydration, or respiratory issues like frequent coughing or rapid breathing, seek medical attention immediately.

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