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The vaccination program is announced by the Chief Sanitary Inspectorate. The current document was issued on October 28, 2012 and is valid for 2013.
Mandatory vaccinations in 2013
Obligatory vaccinations in 2013 for children under 19 are:
- vaccination against tuberculosis,
- vaccination against hepatitis B,
- vaccination against diphtheria,
- tetanus vaccination,
- pertussis vaccination,
- vaccination against Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib),
- vaccination against Poliomyelitis,
- vaccination against measles,
- mumps vaccination
- rubella vaccination.
Refunded vaccinations for GIS-specified risk groups (for children and adults)
- Hepatitis B
- invasive Streptococcus pneumoniae infections,
If there is a risk of infection
- against tetanus
Free smallpox vaccination for children under 3 years
In 2013, the previously binding provision (which entered into force on October 1, 2011) was maintained, thanks to which children attending nurseries and children's clubs up to 3 years old can benefit from free vaccination against smallpox. Children who are looked after by a nanny or other guardian outside the care institution are not eligible for free vaccination. Free vaccination will also not benefit children attending kindergartens (i.e. children who, according to the Act, are covered by pre-school education in the calendar year in which the child turns 3).
To take advantage of the free vaccination against smallpox, it is sufficient to provide a certificate that the child goes to a nursery or toddler club, issued by the institution where the child attends.
Vaccine for premature babies: an important change
In 2013, one important change was introduced. It concerns a vaccine that protects against pneumococcal diseases (e.g. pneumonia). According to the new regulations, it will be free and compulsory for all premature babies born before 37 weeks of gestation and those with birth weight below 2500 g. Vaccine is still recommended for healthy babies born on time, but not refundable, which means that they should be paid extra pay.