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We asked Dr. Krishan Chugh, director of paediatrics at Fortis Healthcare, which vaccines are safe and necessary for children. Here's what he had to say: "There's a long list of vaccines which are available...almost all are useful. Now when it comes to necessar
We asked Dr. Krishan Chugh, director of paediatrics at Fortis Healthcare, which vaccines are safe and necessary for children. Here's what he had to say:
"There's a long list of vaccines which are available...almost all are useful. Now when it comes to necessary, we have to choose if we are talking about an individual or a population. When you talk about an individual, then almost all vaccines which are available probably should be given, if that disease is occurring to some extent in that particular area. For example, there's yellow fever, which we know know does not occur in India, so you take the vaccine only if you are travelling to say, Africa. Otherwise the vaccines which are there in the list are BCG, DPT, measles, MMR, and after that chicken pox vaccine, hepatitis A and B, H influenzae, pneumococcal vaccines etc. are essential. The government is spending more on vaccination programs in the country. They are taking up these and providing to the general population also. For example, lately pneumococcal vaccine, which is a rather expensive vaccine, which in private sector would cost about 5000 rupees per dose, has been taken up by the government and provided for free to children in various districts of the country. So, vaccines must be given, whether it is the government that is going to pay or we ourselves."
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