Rotarix Vaccine FAQs

Rotarix Vaccine FAQs

Q: What is Rota Virus?

A: Rota Virus is a virus that causes severe diarrhea, mostly in babies and young children. It is often accompanied by vomiting and fever.

Q: At what age do persons usually receive the Rotarix vaccine?

A:  Rotarix is given orally to children at 2 and 4 months old.

Q: What are the side effects of this vaccine?

A: As with any vaccine, there is a chance of a serious allergic reaction. Signs of an allergic reaction include difficulty breathing, wheezing, Hives, paleness and a fast heartbeat.

Q: Where can persons receive this vaccine?

A: Persons can receive the vaccine at the Ministry of Public Health’s Vaccination Centre or their nearest Health Centre.

Varicella (Chickenpox Vaccine) FAQs

Varicella (Chickenpox Vaccine) FAQs

Q: What is Varicella?

A: Varicella, also commonly referred to as “chickenpox”, is an acute and highly contagious disease. It is caused by primary infection with the varicella-zoster virus (VZV). Varicella occurs worldwide and in the absence of a vaccination programme, affects nearly every person by mid-adulthood.

Q: At what age do persons usually receive the vaccine?

A: One dose of the vaccine is given to persons between the ages of 1 – 12 years old. Two doses are given to persons above 12 years old, at a one month interval.

Q: What are the side effects of this vaccine?

A: Side effects may include pain, redness or swelling at the injection site

Q: Where can persons receive this vaccine?

A: Persons can receive the vaccine at the Ministry of Public Health’s Vaccination Centre or their nearest Health Centre.

Meningococcal Vaccine FAQs

Meningococcal Vaccine FAQs

Q: What is Meningococcal Disease?

A: Meningococcal Disease can refer to any illness that is caused by the type of Bacteria called Neisseria meningitidis, also known as meningococcus. These illnesses are often severe and include infections of the lining of the brain and spinal cord (meningitis) and blood stream infections (bacteremia or Septicemia)

Q: When are persons required to receive the Meningococcal vaccine?

A: Only persons under the age of 19 years old who are migrating to Saudia Arabia are required to receive the vaccine.

Q: How often do persons have to take the Vaccine?

A: Only one dose of the vaccine is required

Q: What are the side effects of this vaccine?

A: Extremely slight likelihood of severe allergic reaction, mild fever, redness and mild pain in the injection site.

Q: Where can persons receive this vaccine?

A: Persons can receive the vaccine at the Ministry of Public Health’s Vaccination Centre or their nearest Health Centre.

Q: Is there a cost attached to receiving this vaccine?

A: There is a minimal cost attached to receiving the vaccine at the Ministry of Public Health’s Vaccination Centre. There is no cost attached to receiving this vaccine from other Public Health institutions.

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine FAQs

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine FAQs

Q: What is Human PapillomaVirus?

A: HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI). HPV is a different virus thanHIVandHSV(herpes). HPV is so common that nearly all sexually active men and women get it at some point in their lives. There are many different types of HPV. Some types can cause health problems including genital warts and cancers.

Q: At what age do persons usually receive the HPV vaccine?

A: The vaccine is given to girls between the ages of 10-13 years old

Q: How often do persons have to take the Vaccine?

A:  The HPV vaccine is given in 2 doses over a 6 month period.

Q: What are the side effects of this vaccine?

A: Side effects of this vaccine include pain, or swelling in the injection site, fever, headache, fatigue, muscle or joint pain.

Q: Where can persons receive this vaccine?

A: Persons can receive the vaccine at the Ministry of Public Health’s Vaccination Centre or their nearest Health Centre

Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV 13) FAQs

Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV 13) FAQs

Q: What is Pneumococcal disease?

A: Pneumococcal disease is an infection caused by a bacterium called streptococcus pneumoniae. Infection can result in a number of common diseases, ranging from serious diseases such as meningitis, septicaemia and pneumonia to milder but commoner infections such as sinusitis and otitis media.

Q: At what age do persons usually receive the Pneumococcal Vaccine?

A: The vaccine is given to children at 2, 4, and 6 months old. It is also recommended for persons with certain medical conditions such as those who have undergone a Splenectomy (surgical procedure to remove the spleen).

Q: What are the side effects of this vaccine?

A: As with most vaccines, side effects may include pain, tenderness or swelling at the injection site or a mild fever.

Q: Where can persons receive this vaccine?

A: The Vaccine is given to children at the Child Health clinic of their Health centre or at the Ministry of Public Health’s Vaccination Centre..

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