EPI Schedule Bangladesh 2016: Latest Vaccine List & Timetable

EPI stands for Expanded Programme on Immunization. It was started worldwide by World Health Organization in 1974. It is the process of increasing the number of vaccines in the vaccinations schedule in order to provide a wider coverage against infectious diseases among the population of the whole country. The EPI schedule in Bangladesh is given below:

EPI SCHEDULE IN BANGLADESH:

At the 6th week of age: BCG, Penta 1, OPV 1, PCV 1
At the 10th week of age: Penta 2, OPV 2, PCV 2
At the 14th week of age: Penta 3, OPV 3, IPV
At the 18th week of age: PCV 3
At 9th competed month: MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella)
At 15th completed month: MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella)

EPI Schedule Bangladesh 2016 Latest Vaccine List & Timetable

DETAILS OF EPI VACCINES:

BCG: Bacillus Calmette-Guerin or BCG vaccine is given intradermally to protect the child from Tuberculosis bacillus. The vaccine consists of only one dose, usually given in the latest EPI schedule, from the first day after birth up to the 42nd day (6th week of age). But, it can be given at any time after this period also.

OPV: Oral Polio Vaccine or OPV is given orally to protect the child from Poliomyelitis. The vaccine consists of 3 doses, at the 6th, 10th and 14th weeks of age.

Penta: Penta (means 5) contains 5 vaccines named Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus, Haemophilus Influenza and Hepatitis-B vaccines. It also consists of 3 doses, given intramuscularly at the same time as OPV.

PCV: Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine or PCV is given intramuscularly in 3 doses at 6th, 10th and 18th week of age. It protects the children from Streptococcus Pneumoniae bacteria which causes Pneumonia.

MMR: Measles, Mumps & Rubella vaccine is given subcutaneously in 2 doses at the end of 9th and 15th months of age to protect the child against these 3 diseases.

EPI Schedule has brought an astonishing achievement in the health sector in Bangladesh. Bangladesh has been able to reduce the above-listed diseases to a greater extent than many developed countries in the world. So, we all should follow this schedule and protect our children from these deadly diseases.

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    1. Good morning Dr. Sujon Paul. Today Polio vaccine is being given in our health complex. The problem is my son and I went late. They were gone @ 12pm. Now will there be any problem for my son? My son is 9 months running.

      1. No problem. It is given every year. So, don’t miss it next year.

    2. Hi. Amar babu er 3 (5/12/16) EPI dose e (Penta + OPV) deoa hoyeche. But, IPV dey nai. Upazilla Health Complex, Nandail e naki IPV supply nai. IPV na dile kono shomossha hobe ki na ba MMCH e deoa jabe ki na.

      1. Yes. As OPV is composed of live viruses, it may cause polio itself in some cases. IPV is composed of killed viruses and prevents this hazard. So, you should contact nearby Surjer Hashi Clinic or other hospitals for it. I am not sure about MMCH. For more information, you can read this article.

    3. Hi. I did not give any vaccine to my child. She is now 45 days old. Can I give her BCG now?

      1. Surely. Contact your nearby Surjer Hasi Chihnito Clinic.

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