Immunisation

Vaccines save children’s lives. Vaccines prevent children becoming ill from diseases like measles, tetanus, whooping cough, hepatitis B, and some cases of tuberculosis, meningitis and pneumonia.

In 2014 in PNG there will be new vaccine against the commonest cause of pneumonia, this is called the Pneumococcal Vaccine. It is given at 1, 2 and 3 months of age.

A mother or father should take their child to a health centre seven times in the first year of life (at birth, and at 1, 2, 3, 6, 9 and 12 months of age). If they do this young children will:

  • Receive vaccines and other medicines to protect them from these diseases
  • Mothers can get help with breast-feeding, and advice about what foods to make their baby grow strong
  • Babies can be weighed regularly for checking growth.
  • Mothers and fathers can also get help with family planning, if they want it.

Children should also go to a health centre or hospital as soon as they are sick, but they need to go 7 times in the first year of life, even if they are well.