Immunization for Adults

“Prevention is always better than cure.” But still preventive healthcare is lacking in India. People do not go to doctors until and unless it reaches a critical point.
According to the WHO, around two billion people worldwide are infected with the Hepatitis B virus and 600,000 die each year due to its consequences.In India, approximately 80 million people harbour the Hepatitis B virus, which results in around 240,000 deaths annually.

India reports one-fourth of the world’s cervical cancer cases. But only less than 10 percent of people opt for vaccinations. People need to be more aware and take charge of their own safety and well-being and keep away diseases and illnesses which can be prevented with vaccination.
Vaccination not only saves lives but is also more cost-effective considering the cost of treatment and loss of work days.It stimulates and enhances the body’s immune system to protect against various infectious diseases.
Thus, more and more people should opt for vaccines to stay healthy.

Government of  India has recommended a program for immunization of Adults.

NATIONAL IMMUNIZATION PROGRAM RECOMMENDED BY GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
AgeVaccine#Route of AdministrationDoseDisease Protected Against
BirthBCGIntradermal0.1mlTuberculosis
OPV (Dose at birth)Oral2 dropsPoliomyelitis
Hepatitis-BI/M0.5mlHepatitis-B(Jaundice)
6 weeksDTP (1st Dose)IM0.5mlDiphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
OPV (1st dose)Oral2 dropsPoliomyelitis  
BCG (if not given earlier)Intradermal0.1mlTuberculosis
Hepatitis-BI/M0.5mlHepatitis-B(Jaundice)
10 weeksDTP (2ndDose)IM0.5mlDiphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis
OPV (2nd Dose)Oral2 dropsPoliomyelitis
Hepatitis-BI/M0.5mlHepatitis-B(Jaundice)
14 weeksDTP (3rdDose)IM0.5mlDiphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis
OPV (3rd Dose)Oral2 dropsPoliomyelitis
Hepatitis-BI/M0.5mlHepatitis-B(Jaundice)
9 monthsMeaslesSC0.5mlMeasles
16-24 monthsDTPIM0.5mlDiphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis
OPVOral2 dropsPoliomyelitis
5-6 yearsDT*IM0.5mlDiphtheria, Tetanus
10 yearsTT**IM0.5mlTetanus
16 yearsTTIM0.5mlTetanus
PregnancyTT***IM0.5mlTetanus

Source-Times of India,medguideindia

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