What childhood vaccines are required in Hong Kong?

Posted by PSR_AXP 9 mths ago


Staying on top of everything your child needs can put a lot on your plate. Add being an expat in a new place to the mix and it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Not only do you have to get used to doing things differently, but you also have to become familiar with new rules and recommendations. A common health concern among expat parents is what vaccinations their child needs before going to school in Hong Kong. Our friends from Pacific Prime are here to shed light on the childhood vaccines that are required in Hong Kong.

Recommended Vaccines for Children In HK

A schedule for childhood vaccines in Hong Kong is available through the Family Health Services (FHS), which is what the public healthcare sector typically follows. Vaccines that are not part of the program, such as influenza vaccine and hepatitis A vaccine, are available in private medical centers.
The FHS recommends the following childhood vaccines:
  • Newborn - Hepatitis B vaccine and BCG vaccine (first dose)
  • 1 month - Hepatitis B vaccine (second dose)
  • 2 months - Pneumococcal vaccine (first dose) and DTaP-IPV (Diphtheria, Tetanus, acellular Pertussis & Inactivated Poliovirus Vaccine) vaccine (first dose)
  • 4 months - Pneumococcal vaccine (second dose) and DTaP-IPV vaccine (second dose)
  • 6 months - Hepatitis B vaccine (third dose) and DTap-IPV vaccine (third dose)
  • 12 months - Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine (first dose), Varicella vaccine (first dose), and Pneumococcal vaccine (booster dose)
  • 18 months - Measles, Mumps, Rubella & Varicella (MMRV) vaccine (second dose) * and DTaP-IPV Vaccine (booster dose)
  • Primary 1 - DTaP-IPV Vaccine (booster dose) and Measles, Mumps, Rubella & Varicella (MMRV) vaccine (second dose) *
  • Primary 5 - Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine (first dose) **
  • Primary 6 - HPV vaccine (second dose) ** and dTap-IPV (Diphtheria (reduced dose), Tetanus, acellular Pertussis (reduced dose) & Inactivated Poliovirus Vaccine) vaccine (booster dose)
*Children born on or after 01/07/2018 receive MMRV vaccine at 18 months old in Maternal and Child Health Centers. Children born between 1/1/2013 and 30/6/2018 receive the MMRV vaccine in Primary 1.
**Eligible female students can receive the first dose of the 9-valent HPV vaccine at Primary 5 starting from the 2019/20 school year. They will receive the second dose in the next school year (Primary 6).
For more information, read our in-depth guide to the Hong Kong childhood immunization program.

Where to Get Childhood Vaccinations In Hong Kong

Appointments for the aforementioned government-recommended immunizations can be made at your local Maternal and Child Health Center (MCHC). Eligible children can get vaccinated for free up to the age of 5. Similarly, the Department of Health offers vaccinations via school outreach programs. There are options to visit a private healthcare center for vaccinations as well, with many offering vaccination packages. Vaccination costs can be covered by comprehensive health insurance with outpatient coverage.
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