Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Compulsory Immunisations for Primary One Registration

MOE website states that

... all children (Singapore Citizens and Non-Singapore Citizens) should have completed the recommended immunisations before entry into Primary One
However, HPB website contradicts that statement
 ... (only) Diphtheria and measles vaccinations are COMPULSORY by law

I emailed both MOE and HPB, and below is the definitive reply

Thank you for your email and enquiry. Kindly refer to our reply as follows :- 

1. why such a requirement when only Diphtheria and measles vaccinations are COMPULSORY by law.  (https://www.hpb.gov.sg/HOPPortal/health-article/630)

In Singapore, diphtheria & measles are compulsory by law.  Diphtheria is only available in combined form and is usually given in combined form with pertussis, tetanus and Polio (DPT/IPV) or with pertussis, tetanus, haemophilis influenza B and polio (5 in 1). Measles is also given in combined form with mumps and rubella (MMR). 

Every child must be immunised against diphtheria within 12 months of birth or 12 months of arrival in Singapore and against measles between 1-2 years of age.

2. if a child has completed only immunisations compulsory by law, will he still be denied entry?

As mentioned in Ms Teo ( MOE ) reply dated 3 Oct 2016, the school will not reject the P1 registration but you have to produce documents before school starts 

Please feel free to contact us should you have any further clarification.  

Thanks & Regards,

Mei Ping

Senior Executive, National Registry of Diseases Office

Policy, Research and Surveillance (PRS) Division

[www.nir.hpb.gov.sg]www.nir.hpb.gov.sg (National Immunisation Registry)

Health Promotion BoardTel. (65) 6435 3267     Fax. (65) 6438 1015http://www.hpb.gov.sgPrivileged/Confidential information may be contained in this message.

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