Hi, my son has born on 15th march 2018.Hep vaccine is given on 22.3.18, BCG on 31.3.18 and OPV is missed on birth. I have read HepB and BCG vaccine should be given within 2 days of birth, is it okay if vaccination is delayed?? On 2 nd may OPV, IPV and Pentavec are given but Rotavirus and PCV vaccines are not given. Can we give these after 6 week, please suggest.
Dear parent it is good that you are concerned about following vaccination schedule for your baby. Recommended schedules are based on scientific research and if followed properly, provides adequate immunity to children and give them healthy life. If they cannot be followed for some reasons, catch up schedules can be suggested.
BCG vaccine is ideally given as a single dose at birth or at first contact of the baby with the outer world, but can also be given along with other routine vaccines at 6 weeks from birth.
Hepatitis B (HepB) Vaccine should be given as a birth dose to all the newborns within 48 hours of birth. No combination vaccine is used for the birth dose. But if baby is not given the dose at birth, recommended 3 doses regime can be started as soon as possible.
In your case, both the above vaccines have been given within a week or 10 days after birth.
At 6 weeks of age, your baby has received Pentavac which covers HepB vaccination along with DTP and Hib.
It is perfectly fine to start Rotavirus and PCV vaccination at 10 weeks of age. RV1 type of vaccine should be given orally in a 2 doses schedule at 10 weeks and 14 weeks. The minimum interval between the doses should be 4 weeks. (According to revised IAP schedule 2014).
Infants 6-12 months old who are not vaccinated in the primary schedule for PCV should be given 2 doses at 4 weeks interval followed by 1 booster dose