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At what age are the HiB and chicken pox vaccines given?

Q: At what age should the Haemophilus influenzae type B and Chicken Pox vaccine be given? Some websites mentions HiB - 18 months and Chicken pox - above 2 years of age whereas other website mentions Chicken pox to be given at 1 year. Both claim to be based on IAP schedule. Which is correct?

A:As per the Indian Academy of Paediatrics (IAP) vaccination schedule, the recommended ages are: 1. Haemophilus influenzae b vaccine: Three primary doses at 6, 10 and 14 weeks age and booster between 15 and 18 months of age. 2. Chicken pox (Varicella): Between 1 to 12 years of age - single dose; above 12 years - 2 doses at 1 month interval. Thus, immunisation can be given at any time after 1 year once you have decided to opt for this relatively expensive. However, the earlier you vaccine (say at 1 year of age), the longer will be the insurance.


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