Successful immunization practice is one of the most important activities in total comprehensive care for children. The ultimate goal of immunization is elimination of communicable diseases; the immediate goal is prevention of diseases. To accomplish these goals, doctors, nurses and parents must monitor timely immunizations as part of child health care.
The school setting with children grouped together in classes provides opportunities for the spread of infection. Moreover, there are many children who have not received vaccines according to the recommended schedule leading to infectious diseases outbreaks. During an outbreak, children may need to be vaccinated at schools, through the collaboration between the schools officials, parents and the Ministry of Health staff.
According to the updated immunization schedule (copy enclosed), children aged 4-5 years should receive the 2nd booster dose of tetravalent vaccine that include (Diphtheria, Tetanus, and acellular Pertussis and inactivated Polio virus) and Oral Polio Vaccine. In addition, the document of completion of two doses of (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) vaccine should be checked at this age and all other vaccinations that were missed during childhood should be given. All vaccines are available in all health centers and in certain private health facilities. These vaccinations should be completed prior to grade one entry to the government or private schools. Additionally, Tuberculin skin test will be done for the children and they will undergo a medical examination in the health centers or private clinics. A copy of the “Health Report Form” and the immunization report, which are signed by the examining doctor, will be given to the parents. The health report should be submitted to the school authorities to be kept in the child health record and as a requirement for enrollment for both government and private primary schools. The “Health Report Form” should be collected from the schools.
Finally, all parents are kindly requested to follow the above-mentioned health recommendations and to keep the document of the child’s vaccination in order to avoid revaccination if the document was lost.