Mandatory Vaccines for Children in Thailand

The quest for a COVID-19 vaccine has made us all aware of the importance of immunization, and the most critical time for vaccinations is among newborn babies and young children. During their first year, babies need to be immunised against such diseases as measles, mumps, polio and tetanus, so it is vital for parents to be aware of the mandatory vaccine calendar.

This chart shows the requirements for young children in Thailand:

Vaccine/Age

Birth

1 month

2 months

4 months

6 months

9 months

12 months

18 months

2-2,5 years old

4-6 years old

11-12 years old

BCG

BCG

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hepatitis B (HBV)

HBV 1

HBV 2

DTP-HB 1

DTP-HB 2

DTP-HB 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (DTP)

 

 

 

 

DTP booster 1

 

DTP booster 2

Td every 10 years

Polio (OPV)

 

 

OPV 1

OPV 2

OPV 3

 

 

OPV booster 1

 

OPV booster 2

 

Mumps, Measle, Rubella (MMR)

 

 

 

 

 

MMR 1

 

MMR 2

 

 

Japanese Encephalitis (JE)

 

 

 

 

 

JE 1

 

JE 2

 

 

Immunization Schedule for Thai Children Recommended by The Pediatric Infectious Disease Society of Thailand 2017

 

Different countries vary in terms of which vaccines are required for young children. For example, the vaccine for tuberculosis (TB), known as BCG (Bacillus Calmette and Guerin), is not widely used in the USA, while it is a mandatory vaccine in Thailand. Also, most Asian countries, including Thailand, make vaccination against Japanese Encephalitis (a viral disease carried by mosquitoes) obligatory, while it is not required in most Western countries.

Children vaccination Thailand

Besides these mandatory vaccines, pediatricians often recommend additional vaccine protection like Rotavirus Vaccine (contagious disease that can cause severe diarrhea and vomiting) or Varicella Vaccine (known as Chicken Pox), depending on the circumstances of each child. These include factors such as medical condition, lifestyle and travel plans. For this reason, parents should always consult their doctors before planning a course of vaccinations. This is especially important for expat families that need to move regularly for work assignments, as requirements vary from one country to another (different vaccines, doses, timeframe). If in doubt, they should seek a second medical opinion.

 

Since a course of vaccinations can be costly, parents can enquire about vaccination packages at their preferred hospital and see to include vaccination coverage in their health insurance policy.

 


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