Most countries in the developed world tend to recommend the same kind of vaccines for babies and children. However, the immunization schedules may vary from country to country. For example, in the US and Canada, the flu vaccine is recommended for everyone over 6 months old, but in the UK, it is recommended to children, adults over 65, and special groups of people with serious medical conditions. Varicella (chicken pox) vaccines are recommended routinely in the US and Australia, but not in the UK. These variations are the result of differences in the patterns and frequency of the disease in each country.
So what are the recommended vaccinations for babies born in Thailand?
It is important to have your child immunized according to the standard immunisation schedule of the country your child is currently residing in order to provide your child with full protection of the diseases that are prevalent in that country. Foreign babies who are born in Thailand are usually recommended to receive the standard vaccination as determined in the recommended immunization schedule for children in Thailand (please refer to pages 16-17 of our Healthy Living in Bangkok guide).
If you have plans to return to your home country in the future, please check the immunization schedule of your home country and consult with a pediatrician to ensure adequate immunization before returning to your home country. Other than for safety reasons, some countries, such as Australia, require children to be fully immunized according to the standard of their country before being eligible for child care benefit and family tax benefit.
Bumrungrad’s Healthy Living in Bangkok brochure has published a vaccination schedule that you can access here.
And what are the recommended vaccinations for babies and toddlers travelling to live in Thailand and when should they have them?
The recommended vaccination schedule by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is the same worldwide with few additional vaccines specific for certain countries. Your pediatrician can provide specific recommendations for Thailand which might include vaccines for Japanese Encephalitis, Typhoid, Yellow Fever, and Rabies depending on your travel and long-term plans.
For the recommended immunization for 2017 based on the CDC, which Bumrungrad may follow, for travel to Thailand, click here.
Editor’s Note: This article is sponsored content from Bumrungrad International Hospital, originally part of the bi-monthly Ask a Doctor column. It is intended as general information that may be useful for parents. It is not to be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician with any questions about a medical condition.