Immunization of children at different age group per country schedule

Immunization is a process that makes one resistant to an infectious disease. This is usually achieved by either administering a vaccine or after getting the disease. A vaccine contains killed or weakened microbes of the disease or part of the microbe such as the DNA. It is either injected, ingested or inhaled to stimulate the immune system as if it were under attack, thus protecting the body against actual future attacks. Vaccinations are usually administered during childhood and different vaccinations are recommended for different age groups.  The vaccine schedule may vary slightly from country to country.

The following immunization schedule is per the Health Authority - Abu Dhabi.

Childhood Immunization Schedule

  • Birth
    • BCG (Bacillus Calmette-Guerin)
    • HepB (Hepatitis-B vaccine)
  • End of month 2
    • Hexavalent (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (acellular), Haemophilus Influenzae B - Hepatitis B, and Injectable Polio vaccine)
    • PCV (Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine)
    • RV1 (Rotavirus monovalent vaccine)
  • End of month 4
    • Hexavalent (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (acellular), Haemophilus Influenzae B - Hepatitis B, and Injectable Polio vaccine)
    • OPV (Oral polio vaccine)1
    • PCV (Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine)
    • RV1 (Rotavirus monovalent vaccine)2
  • End of month 6
    • Pentavalent (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (cellular), Hepatitis B, Haemophilus Influenzae B)
    • OPV (Oral polio vaccine)
    • PCV (Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine)
  • End of month 12
    • MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccine)
    • Varicella (Varicella vaccine)
  • End of month 18
    • Tetravalent (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (acellular), and Haemophilus Influenzae B vaccine)
    • OPV (Oral polio vaccine)
    • PCV (Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine)
    • MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccine)1

School Immunization Schedule

  • Grade 1
    • DTaP (Diphtheria, Tetanus, acellular Pertussis vaccine)
    • OPV (Oral polio vaccine)
    • MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccine)3
    • Var (Varicella vaccine)3
  • Grade 11
    • Tdap (Tetanus, reduced Diphtheria and acellular Pertussis vaccine)
    • OPV (Oral polio vaccine)
    • HPV (Human Papillomavirus vaccine) for females only (3 doses)
  1. The new changes in Childhood Immunization Schedule
  2. It is recommended that the rotavirus vaccine series to be completed with the same product.
    However, vaccination should not be deferred if the product used for previous doses is not available or is unknown. In this situation, the provider should continue or complete the series with the product available. If any dose in the series was the pentavalent vaccine, or the product is unknown, a total of three doses of rotavirus vaccine should be given.
  3. If the student did not receive the vaccine previously, provide 2 doses of the vaccine.

An interrupted primary series of immunizations does not need to be restarted; rather, the original series should be resumed regardless of the length of time that has lapsed.

Our Experts

  • Dr. Hala Mohamed Ahmed

    Dr. Hala Mohamed AhmedSpecialist Paediatrics