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Children’s health
Vaccinations update
The Public Health department recently announced the latest calendar of children’s vaccinations.


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27.08.2013 - The introduction of new vaccinations, the improvement of various others and the modification in the epidemiologic behaviour of certain illnesses means that the vaccination list has to be constantly updated.  In Spain the ultimate responsibility for the calendar goes to each autonomous region, though they are unusually developed in line with the Spanish Pediatric Association’s recommendations.

Various modifications have been included over the years, such as the introduction of the Hepatitis B vaccination in 1996.  This was originally administered in three doses when children reached 11 years old, but was changed to three shots in the first year of a baby’s life back in 2002.  The inoculation for 11 year olds was maintained until all those who started in the first year became 13, which they have reached in 2013, so that is now eliminated from the calendar. 

Vaccination against chicken pox at 12 years old is now included, in two shots at least one month apart, for all those children considered at risk, such as those who haven’t already previously caught it.   

The complete calendar for the Canary Islands is as follows: at two months old children will have their first vaccinations, against Poliomyelitis; Diphtheria, Tetanus and Whooping cough (pertussis); Haemophilus influenzae seroptype B; Hepatitis B; and Serogroup C meningococcal disease (SCMD) – all of which are repeated at four and six months except the SCMD.  A further booster against polio is given at 12 months along with the first against measles, German measles and mumps.

At 18 months come once again Polio; Diphtheria, Tetanus and Whooping cough; Haemophilus influenzae seroptype B; and SCMD, followed at three years with the second and last measles, German measles and mumps vaccinations.

At six years old children will receive another Diphtheria, Tetanus and Whooping cough shot, then there isn’t anything until they are 12 years old when those in need are given the chicken pox vaccination.  One more Tetanus and Diphtheria at 14 years old comes in the same year as the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccination will be offered to girls. 



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