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Hong Kong Childhood Immunisation Programme

Hong Kong Childhood Immunisation Programme

The Scientific Committee on Vaccine Preventable Diseases (SCVPD) under the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) makes recommendations regarding the Hong Kong Childhood Immunisation Programme (HKCIP) based on local epidemiology and scientific evidence.  Immunisations provided under the public health care sector follow the schedule of the HKCIP.  Infants and children should receive different types of vaccines and boosters to protect them from tuberculosis, poliomyelitis, hepatitis B, diphtheria, whooping cough (pertussis), tetanus, pneumococcal infection, chickenpox, measles, mumps, rubella and cervical cancer^.  As different countries and areas have their own childhood immunisation programme based on their epidemiology, DH recommends children to receive immunisation in their usual place of residence for comprehensive protection against childhood infectious diseases.

Parents can bring their children from birth to five years of age to any Maternal and Child Health Centres (MCHCs) of DH for immunisation. Inoculators of the DH will visit primary schools to provide immunisation service to school children. Parents may also bring their children to private doctors for immunisation.

Please visit www.fhs.gov.hk for further details regarding the services offered by MCHCs and the booking arrangement etc.

 

Hong Kong Childhood Immunisation Programme

Age/Grade Immunisation Recommended
Newborn Bacille Calmette-Guérin (BCG) Vaccine
Hepatitis B Vaccine - First Dose
1 month Hepatitis B Vaccine - Second Dose
2 months DTaP-IPV Vaccine - First Dose
Pneumococcal Vaccine - First Dose
4 months DTaP-IPV Vaccine - Second Dose
Pneumococcal Vaccine - Second Dose
6 months DTaP-IPV Vaccine - Third Dose
Hepatitis B Vaccine - Third Dose
12 months Measles, Mumps & Rubella (MMR) Vaccine – First Dose
Pneumococcal Vaccine - Booster Dose
Varicella Vaccine - First Dose
18 months

DTaP-IPV Vaccine - Booster Dose
Measles, Mumps, Rubella & Varicella (MMRV) Vaccine - Second Dose*

Primary 1 Measles, Mumps, Rubella & Varicella (MMRV) Vaccine - Second Dose*
DTaP-IPV Vaccine - Booster Dose
Primary 5 Human Papillomavirus Vaccine - First Dose^
Primary 6 dTap-IPV Vaccine - Booster Dose
Human Papillomavirus Vaccine - Second Dose^

DTaP- IPV Vaccine: Diphtheria, Tetanus, acellular Pertussis & Inactivated Poliovirus Vaccine

dTap-IPV Vaccine: Diphtheria (reduced dose), Tetanus, acellular Pertussis (reduced dose) & Inactivated Poliovirus Vaccine

* Children born on or after 1.7.2018 receive MMRV vaccine at 18 months old in Maternal and Child Health Centres. Children born between 1.1.2013 and 30.6.2018 receive MMRV vaccine in Primary 1.

^ Starting from the 2019/20 school year, eligible female students receive the first dose of 9-valent HPV vaccine in Primary 5 and the second dose when they reach Primary 6 in the next school year.

Remember to arrange follow up of your child's immunisations if you are leaving Hong Kong.

 

Besides those vaccines included in the HKCIP, some private doctors and hospitals may provide other vaccines such as Influenza vaccine, Haemophilus influenzae type b vaccine, meningococcal vaccine, rotavirus vaccine, hepatitis A vaccine and Japanese encephalitis vaccine etc. Parents may seek advice from private doctors and vaccines outside HKCIP maybe offered to children based on individual health needs.

 

Reference:

  1. Prevent Communicable Diseases - Get Your Child Vaccinated (Content revised 12/2019). Family Health Service. Department of Health. [ONLINE] https://www.fhs.gov.hk/tc_chi/health_info/child/14828.html Accessed 8 Mar 2021.

 

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