Importance of Vaccination : In order to stimulate an individual’s immune system , a type of substance is carried through an injection , this defines a ‘ Vaccination ‘ universally.
Some of the dreadful diseases like polio ( constant paralysis), mumps (permanent deafness) , measles ( brain swelling ) can be prevented using particular types of Vaccines for your child.
Children’s Vaccination Background in Saudi Arabia : Most of the people who are residing in Saudi Arabia as Saudi expats had to face a lot of problems to their children vaccinated on time. Recently, the government had introduced a unified system so that one can book a prior appointment in one of the Primary Health Centers (PHC) across Saudi Arabia as it was becoming a very difficult task to book a baby’s vaccination appointment.
After the introduction of this system , now it has become an easy task to get vaccine injections on time for the children and the parents are quite relieved with this facility provided by the Saudi Government.
Vaccination Appointment in Saudi Arabia
Children’s Vaccination Schedule in Saudi Arabia :
Under this system of PHC introduced , babies from their birth till they get to the primary school , all vaccinations are given on time based schedule for each child. Vaccinations of BCG & Hep are given at the time of birth and Hepatitis A at the age of 24 months and all other vaccinations are given depending upon child’s age and the schedule of vaccination.
Initiatives for a Vision of 2030 of Saudi Arabia :
As the time is passing by ,various measures and wide economic initiatives have been planned and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have been very much determined to make sure about its implementations to achieve its Saudi 2030 vision.
A lot of amendments in functions have been introduced in the Government departments by implementing certain developments to serve the natives and expats in a better manner. This eventually has an impact on the overall economy of Saudi Arabia commercially and quality wise , as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is working with full dedication towards its 2030 vision and goals.
For Getting Vaccination appointments in Saudi Arabia the following procedures are to be followed :
A short time ago , the Jeddah General Directorate of Health Affairs decided to give free vaccination to all the children in Saudi Arabia including the children of Saudi expats.
To get an appointment from the Ministry of Health , the following two methods are be followed
- According to the first method, you have to call on 937 that is the Minitry of Health emergency call center number which will schedule your appointment.
- In the second method , you need to book your appointment online by filling up an application form and schedule your appointment accordingly called MAWID (appointment)What is Mawid Service and Where to Download it?
As per the Saudi Citizens and expats , the introduction of this scheme is really very useful for them and this facility is said to be cost effective and time saving for both expats and citizens of different professions.
Comprehensive and an All in One Online Procedure
When your request is approved by Primary Health Care Center , Your baby’s name will be visible in the dependant’s section
- First click on ‘Book’ button and choose your baby name .
- Then select your baby’s specialty vaccination and name of the vaccination clinic
- Choose an appointment date and time which suits you
- Then you have to type ‘ Baby Vaccination ‘ in the column provided and then click on the ‘Book’ button.
If your Child doesn’t have an Iqama
If your child doesn’t hold an Iqama , then you need to visit a Government hospital of Saudi and submit them , the child’s birth certificate and child’s parent Iqama which is valid only for the first vaccination.
- Dry cough
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
- Inflamed eyes (conjunctivitis)
- Sensitivity to light
- Tiny white spots with bluish-white centers found inside the mouth on the inner lining of the cheek, called Koplik’s spots
- A skin rash made up of large, flat blotches that often flow into one another
- For the first seven to 14 days after you’re infected, the measles virus incubates. You have no signs or symptoms of measles during this time.
- Measles typically begins with a moderate to an acute fever, often accompanied by a persistent cough, runny nose, inflamed eyes (conjunctivitis) and sore throat. This relatively mild illness may last for two or three days.
- Rash: The rash consists of small red spots, some of which are slightly raised. Spots and bumps in tight clusters give the skin a splotchy red appearance. The face breaks out first, particularly behind the ears and along the hairline. Over the next few days, the rash spreads down the arms and trunk, then over the thighs, lower legs and feet. At the same time, fever rises sharply, often as. The measles rash gradually recedes and fades
- A person with measles can spread the virus to others for about eight days, starting four days before the rash appears and ending when the rash has been present for four days.
- People who have not received the measles vaccine.
- Unvaccinated people traveling to developing countries, where measles is more common.
- People who have a deficiency vitamin A.
- Bacterial ear infection.
- Pregnancy problems, such as pregnancy loss, preterm labour or low birth weight.
- Bronchitis, as measles may lead to inflammation of your voice box (larynx) or inflammation of the inner walls that line the main air passageways of your lungs (bronchial tubes).
- Pneumonia, which is a common complication of measles.
- Low platelet count (thrombocytopenia), the type of blood cells that are essential for blood clotting.
- Non-immunized people, including infants, may be given the measles vaccination within 72 hours of exposure to the measles virus, to provide protection against the disease. If measles still develops, the illness usually has milder symptoms and lasts for a shorter time.
- Pregnant women, infants and adults with weakened immune systems who are exposed to the virus may receive an injection of antibodies within six days of exposure to the virus, these antibodies can prevent measles or make symptoms less severe.
- Fever reducers.
- Vitamin A
- Getting some rest and avoiding exhausting activities.
- Drinking plenty of water and fruit juice to replace fluids lost.
- Resting eyes, keeping the lights low or wearing sunglasses; as the measles patient finds bright light of bothersome.
- Using humidifier to lessen the acuity of inflammation and cough.
It is important for the measles patient to be isolated about four days before to four days after the rash breaks out.
Be sure to receive the measles vaccine to be protected from the disease.