As parents, we sometimes debate over where to get vaccinations for our children
As parents, we sometimes debate over where to get vaccinations for our children: Travelling to Hong Kong is stressful enough to pack you and your kids, while we also doubt if domestic vaccines are good enough for our kids. We thought now would be a good time to give you a brief rundown of what vaccinations are worth travelling to Hong Kong for your kids!1.Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (Prevnar 13)*****Pneumococcal disease is caused by infection with Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria. These bacteria can spread from person to person through close contact. Pneumococcal disease can lead to severe health problems, including pneumonia, blood infections, and meningitis. Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (called PCV13 or Prevnar 13) is recommended to protect infants and toddlers, and some older children and adults with certain health conditions, from pneumococcal disease. PCV 13 vaccination in Hong Kong is strongly recommended as it is not available in mainland China. PCV13 is recommended as a series of four doses, one dose at each of these ages:2 months4 months6 months12 through 15 months Children who miss their shots at these ages should still get the vaccine. The number of doses and the intervals between doses will depend on the child’s age. Ask your health care provider for details.2.Rotavirus Vaccine (Rotarix)****Rotavirus is a virus that causes diarrhea, mostly in babies and young children. The diarrhea can be severe, and lead to dehydration. Vomiting and fever are also common in babies with rotavirus. Almost all children in the U.S. had at least one rotavirus infection before their 5th birthday. Almost all babies who get rotavirus vaccine will be protected from severe rotavirus diarrhea. And most of these babies will not get rotavirus diarrhea at all. The vaccine will not prevent diarrhea or vomiting caused by other germs. Rotavirus vaccine from mainland is the 1st generation vaccine, with efficacy of 60%-70% while Rotarix in Hong Kong is the 2nd generation vaccine with efficacy of 91%. So, if possible, try to get Rotavirus vaccine in Hong Kong. Your baby will get either 2 doses of Rotarix:First Dose: 2 months of ageSecond Dose: 4 months of age The first dose of vaccine is most effective if it is given before a child is 15 weeks old. Children should receive all doses of rotavirus vaccine before they turn 6 months old.3.Meningococcus Vaccine (Menactra)***Meningococcal disease is a life-threatening illness. It is caused by bacteria that infect the blood, brain, and spinal cord. The disease is spread person-to-person. It is easily spread in crowded settings. You can catch meningitis from a person who looks healthy. China is a country with high rates of meningococcal disease. Meningococcal vaccine is recommended for all children who live in China. Meningococcal conjugate vaccine A,C,W135,Y(MCV4) is available in Hong Kong which provides protection from A, C, W-135, Y four serogroup infection. Meningococcal conjugate vaccine A,C (MCV2)，or meningococcal polysaccharide vaccine (MPSV4) is available in mainland China. MCV 2 provides only A, C two serogroup infections. MPSV4 can provide A, C, W-135, Y four serogroup infections，however, it is polysaccharide vaccine，which can only be applied to children 3 year old or above. MPSV4’s length of protection is 3-5 years, while MCV 4’s length of protection can be up to 20 years. Your baby will get either 2 doses:First Dose: 9 months of ageSecond Dose: 15 months of age4.MMRV Vaccine *The MMRV vaccine combines the attenuated virus MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine with the addition of chickenpox vaccine or varicella vaccine (V stands for varicella). If parents want their kids to get one less injection, they might consider getting MMRV vaccination in Hong Kong. Your baby will get 1 dose at 12 months.For other vaccines, there is no much difference between domestic vaccines and Hong Kong vaccines in terms of efficacy and effectiveness. Whether to get other vaccines in Hong Kong or in mainland China is more about a matter of your personal choice.*Star rating (1-4, from weak to strong) is the recommendations given by our doctor.Distinct HealthCare is offering all these recommended vaccinations at Distinct Central Clinic. Follow Distinct Hong Kong WeChat GroupHongkong Wechat AccountAbout our Hongkong Clinic, please click on "Read more".