MALAWI EXPANDED PROGRAMME OF IMMUNIZATION (EPI)

Summary of the Recommended Schedule for Active Immunization of Healthy Infants and Children in Malawi.

Recommended Age Vaccine and Dose Number Comments
 

 Birth

 

BCG and OPV#1

HBV not given to infant at birth, mothers not checked routinely HBsAg (Assumption is that the mother is HBsAg-neagative)
  6 WEEKS  OPV#2 and PENTAVALENT (DPTHibHBV)#1 DPT-HBV is a 2 dose vial of liquid Tritanrix which is combined on site (at health facility) with Powdered Hiberix ( Haemophilus influenza type b capsular polysaccharide bound to Tetanus Toxoid)
  10 WEEKS

 

 OPV#3 and PENTAVALENT (DPTHibHBV)#2 DPT-HBV is a 2 dose vial of liquid Tritanrix which is combined on site (at health facility) with Powdered Hiberix ( Haemophilus influenza type b capsular polysaccharide bound to Tetanus Toxoid)
  14 WEEKS

 

 OPV#4 and PENTAVALENT (DPTHibHBV)#3 DPT-HBV is a 2 dose vial of liquid Tritanrix which is combined on site (at health facility) with Powdered Hiberix ( Haemophilus influenza type b capsular polysaccharide bound to Tetanus Toxoid)
  9 MONTHS   Measles 9 Months is the earliest recommended time in Malawi to administer this vaccine after studies done by CDC, WHO and MOH. However, weakness is that no booster is given at or before school entry (4-6 years). As a result, there are frequent outbreaks.
Up to 15 YEARS Measles (?Booster) Only when there is outbreak, like in 2010.

Source: Malawi MOH (2007) with Author’s perspective comments.

ACRONYMS:

BCG-Bacillus-Calmette-Guerin

CDC-Centre for Disease Control

DPTHibHBV-(Pentavalent) Diptheria, Pertussis, Tetanus, Haemophilus influenza type b, Hepatitis B Vaccines.

HBsAg- Hepatitis B surface Antigen

HBV- Hepatitis B Vaccine

MOH- Ministry of Health

OPV- Oral Polio Vaccine

PENTAVALENT- Combination of five antigens

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3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Jerome Nkambule on January 18, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    Needs to be updated? Boss

    Reply

    • Thank you Dr. J. Nkambule for your comments! Could update it as you are on the ground providing the new two or three vaccines in Malawi. I did my part in this way to show this global village how Malawi was fairing then in EPI. Good luck!

      Reply

  2. Posted by George kachingwe on September 14, 2013 at 4:17 AM

    I like this because I am a vaccinator at Likuni Mission Hospital.I need to know more about vaccines.

    Reply

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