World Immunisation Week – 24-30 April

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World Immunisation Week is geared towards raising awareness about the importance of full immunisation from infancy through to adulthood. This week usually takes place annually from 24 to 30 April and is observed across the globe.

To contribute, we’ve created a Vaccine calendar for infants with information sourced from FedHealth. Below we will elaborate on vaccine trade names and abbreviations. You can view the full calendar here.

Vaccine Trade Names


Chickenpox – Varilrix®

DTaP-IPV//Hib/HBV – Infanrix-Hexa®

DTaP-IPV/Hib* – Pentaxim®

Hepatitis A – Avaxim 80®/Havrix Junior®

Hepatitis B (HBV) – Heberbiovac HB®/Euvax®/Engerix-B®

HPV – Gardasil® (quadrivalent)

Measles – Rouvax®

MMR – Trimovax®/Priorix®

MMRV – Priorix Tetra®

OPV – OPV-Merieux®/Polioral®

PCV – Prevenar-13®/Synflorix®

RV – Rotarix®/Rotateq®

TdaP-IPV – Adacel Quadra®/Boostrix Tetra®

Td – Diftavax®

Abbreviations in schedule

(0): Birth Dose

(1): First Dose in a series

(2): Second Dose in a series

(3): Third Dose in a series

(4): Fourth dose (Booster)

BCG: Bacille Calmette-Quérin

DTaP-IPV//HIb/HBV (hexavalent): Diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis/inactivated polio vaccine/Haemophilus influenzae type b and hepatitis B vaccine

DTap/IPV//Hib (pentavalent): Diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis/inactivated polio vaccine influenzae type b

EPI: Expanded Programme of Immunisation

HBV: Hepatitis B vaccine

MMR: Measles, mumps and rubella vaccine

OPV: Oral Polio Vaccine

PCV: Pneumococcal conjugated vaccine

RV: Rotavirus Vaccine

Tdap-IPV (quadrivalent) Tetanus and reduced amount of diphtheria vaccine with acellular pertussis and inactivated polio vaccine

Td vaccine: Tetanus and reduce amount of diphtheria vaccine


Information source: FedHealth

Immunisation tips for parents and children

Be on time for all immunisation appointments

It’s natural to be unsettled whenever your child needs a shot, but try to stay calm during the procedure

Hold your child during the process

Fainting may occur during immunisation shots, so if your child is prone to fainting, rather have your child lie down

Be sure to keep a record of all of the shots your child have gotten and still need to get

While allergic reactions are very rare, doctors and nurses are trained to handle the situation when it arises


How will you be showing awareness during World Immunisation Week this year?

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