Worried about vaccinating? Please check the facts. My blog post “To Vaccinate, or not to Vaccinate?” is a good place to start, but there is a lot of solid research available. Focus on respectable sources, not opinions or “experiences”.

South Africa’s vaccination schedule is in line with the World Health Organization’s recommendations for  children.  The vaccine schedule shown here is modified (see items with the annotation “private”) to show the additional recommended vaccinations we offer.

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) Expanded Programme of Immunization (EPI) encourages vaccination against measles, polio, pertussis (whooping cough), diphtheria, tetanus and tuberculosis.  The South African Department of Health’s immunisation schedule is in line with the WHO’s vaccination recommendations.  Between two and three million deaths are prevented globally each year by effective immunisation.

The vaccinations shown are available at government clinics and from private sector health facilities.  The service Thula provides as a private practice costs a little more than a government clinic but saves you time and provides a warm, personal service in a homely environment.

There are also additional vaccinations, such as the MMR vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella, which should be done from 12 to 15 months and again as a booster at five-six years.  Other recommended private vaccines are for Meningococcal meningitis, Hepatitis A, Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)and Chickenpox. Keep a record of your child’s vaccinations as schools may ask for proof of immunisation when you register.  We maintain record cards for all of our clients.

Measles vaccines are only available once a month at Thula, because the vaccine comes in a 10-dose vial and we try to avoid wasting many doses( vial has to be discarded 6 hours after opening). Please email or call us to find out when the next vaccine will be available and to book your appointment. MMR is available for 12 months and older and this vaccine is not restricted to once a month administration , as it’s a single dose vaccine.
Age of Child Vaccine Needed
Birth (Hospital) BCG
6 weeks RV
DTP-IPV/Hib/Hepatitis B
10 weeks DTP-IPV/Hib/Hepatitis B
14 weeks RV
DTP-IPV/Hib/Hepatitis B
6 months Measles
9 months PCV13
Menactra #1 (private)
12 months MMR and Chickenpox #1
15 months Hepatitis A and Chickenpox #2 (private)
18 months DTP-IPV/Hib/Hepatitis B booster
Menactra #2 (private)
2 years Hepatitis A booster (private)
Menactra if not yet given (private)
6 years DTP-IPV (private)
MMR booster (private)
12 years DTP-IPV (private)
Gardasil -HPV vaccine (private)
  • BCG – Bacilli Calmete-Guerin (Anti-tuberculosis vaccine)
  • TOPV – Trivalent oral polio vaccine
  • DTP-IPV/Hib – diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis vaccine, inactivated polio vaccine, Haemophilus influenza type B vaccine
  • Td – tetanus and diphtheria vaccine
  • RV – rotavirus vaccine
  • PCV7- 7-valent pneumococcal vaccine
  • MMR – Measles, Mumps & Rubella