The Quebec government along with the province’s Health Minister, has unveiled a revised vaccination schedule for infants born on June 1, 2019, or later.
Quebec’s Health Minister, Danielle McCann, announced the plan on Wednesday, as part of National Immunization Awareness Weak, and said the new changes will simplify the schedule for both parents and their children.
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“The decision to simplify the vaccination schedule aims to encourage parents to vaccinate their children in a timely manner that promotes the best protection possible against preventable diseases,” said McCann, in a French statement. “The new changes will allow children to benefit from adequate immunization coverage, while reducing the number of required visits.”
According to McCann, vaccination is the most effective way to protect children against certain types of infectious diseases.
The schedule’s biggest difference is that children will no longer be required to visit the doctor for a five-in-one vaccine at the age of six months.
Quebec’s revised schedule infant vaccination schedule is as follows:
- Diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, hepatitis B, poliomyelitis and Haemophilus influenzae vaccines will be administered to infants at two and four months of age in a six-in-one shot.
- Vaccines against pneumococcal and rotavirus will be given at two and four months of age.
- The shot against diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, polio and Haemophilus influenzae infections previously given to infants at six months, will be eliminated and instead administered at 12 months.
- The vaccine against meningococcal serogroup C will now be given at 18 months of age.
- Two doses of shots that combat measles, rubella, mumps and varicella vaccine will be given at 12 and 18 months of age, respectively.
- The vaccine against hepatitis A will be added using a combination vaccine (hepatitis A and B) at the age of 18 months to combat both forms of hepatitis.