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Important Child Vaccination Chart in India (with cost)

Unfortunately, many dangerous and life threatening diseases are still present in today’s world. For many of these diseases, vaccine is the best way known to protect your children from them. Government of India has provided the list of important vaccines that are compulsory for young children. These vital vaccines are readily available at a very low price in all government hospitals.The diseases targeted by the government immunization programme are Diptheria, Pertussis, Tuberculosis, Polio, Tetanus, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Gastroentritis (rotavirus), Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B.

Why do we need to vaccinate children?

Have you heard the phrase – “Prevention is better than cure”? Well, the purpose of vaccination is the same – to develop immunity of the child before certain infectious agents enter the body. Vaccines provide protection against these infectious agents.

Vaccination is the process of introducing a certain strain of bacteria or virus into the child’s body, so as to trigger its immune system and develop immunity against such agents. Along with vaccination, you can also include immunity boosting foods in the child’s diet as much as possible, so that your child can develop natural immunity against infections.

However, in case you notice that the baby has been affected by some kind of allergy or anything irritable, consult your pediatrician. Do not give another dose of the vaccine without the doctor’s advice.

Some children can develop an infection after receiving a vaccination. There’s no need to panic, as it’s only a temporary reaction and will actually help your child build the required immunity against that particular strain of virus or bacteria.

Child Vaccination cost in India

Given below are the names of these compulsory vaccines, their purpose along with the cost.

AgeName of Vaccine PurposePrice/dose
At BirthBacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG)For building immunity against tuberculosis.₹10 – ₹25
OPV Crucial to give the OPV vaccine to the baby to fight against Polio (causing paralysis).₹72 – ₹115
Hepatitis BHelps the baby to develop protection against virus affecting the liver which can cause lifelong infection/ cirrhosis.₹100 – ₹249
At 6 Weeks IPVEssential to give the IPV vaccine to the baby to fight against Polio (causing paralysis).₹72 – ₹115
DTPHelps protect the baby against three diseases – pertussis, diphtheria and tetanus.₹700 – ₹750
InfluenzaProvides protection from Hib virus.₹11 – ₹750
type B (Hib 1)
PCV Helps to protect against the pneumococcal infections - Meningitis, pneumonia and certain serious ear infections can be caused by the bacteria.₹3800 – ₹4800
RotavirusHelps prevent the rotavirus infections that cause diarrhea with vomiting and high fever. Decreases the risk of death being caused by diarrhea.₹900 – ₹1099
At 9MMRImmunity against Measles, Mumps and Rubella₹70 – ₹499
Months
At 9-12 MonthsTyphoidProtection from Typhoid. The fever from this disease is quite serious and might lead to an acute illness. ₹290
At 12Hepatitis AProtection to the baby from Hepatitis A disease.  ₹915 – ₹1210
Months
For 1.3Varicella Commonly known as the chickenpox vaccine, it provides protection against the same -1 dose prevents about 95% of the moderate diseases and 100% of the severe ones.₹1345
Years Old
For 10-12 Years oldHPVProtection against a common virus that can cause vaginal, vulvar, cervical, anal and throat cancer.₹6000 – ₹8400

Why do we need to vaccinate children?

Have you heard the phrase – “Prevention is better than cure”? Well, the purpose of vaccination is the same – to develop immunity of the child before certain infectious agents enter the body. Vaccines provide protection against these infectious agents.

Vaccination is the process of introducing a certain strain of bacteria or virus into the child’s body, so as to trigger its immune system and develop immunity against such agents. Along with vaccination, you can also include immunity boosting foods in the child’s diet as much as possible, so that your child can develop natural immunity against infections.

However, in case you notice that the baby has been affected by some kind of allergy or anything irritable, consult your pediatrician. Do not give another dose of the vaccine without the doctor’s advice.

Some children can develop an infection after receiving a vaccination. There’s no need to panic, as it’s only a temporary reaction and will actually help your child build the required immunity against that particular strain of virus or bacteria.

Points to remember during Vaccination

  1. Do not miss a vaccine. All vaccines are important. For some reason if you have missed a vaccine for your child, approach your pediatrician. In some cases, vaccines can still be given later, so do not hesitate to contact.
  2. In case your child is running a fever at the time of vaccination, do not try to self cure it with medication. The pediatrician needs to be informed before immunization. There are chances that the vaccination might be rescheduled.
  3. There are painless options available for certain vaccines. Your doctor will tell you about those. Be informed about the difference between painless and painful vaccines to make the right decision.
  4. After administering some vaccines, it’s quite normal to develop a fever for a few days. Do not worry. Give the child a sponge bath to reduce the temperature. Home remedies also work wonders. However, if the fever persists for a longer duration, do visit your doctor.
  5. Children are usually scared of injections. Have your spouse (or another family member) help you to distract and comfort your child while the shot is being given. It’s a good idea to carry your child’s favourite toy, blanket etc. to comfort her.
  6. Ensure that you never miss out on a vaccine schedule by downloading and saving the complete vaccination chart.

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