Universal Immunisation Programme (UIP) is a vaccination program launched by the Government of India in 1985. It became a part of Child Survival and Safe Motherhood Programme in 1992 and is currently one of the key areas under National Rural Health Mission since 2005. Immunization is a global health and development success story, saving millions of lives every year. Vaccines reduce risks of getting a disease by working with your body’s natural defences to build protection. When you get a vaccine, your immune system responds.

We now have vaccines to prevent more than 20 life-threatening diseases, helping people of all ages live longer, healthier lives. Immunization currently prevents 2-3 million deaths every year from diseases like diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, influenza and measles. Immunization is a key component of primary health care and an indisputable human right. It’s also one of the best health investments money can buy. Vaccines are also critical to the prevention and control of infectious-disease outbreaks. They underpin global health security and will be a vital tool in the battle against antimicrobial resistance.

 

Universal Immunisation Programme

Immunization Programme in India was introduced in 1978 as ‘Expanded Programme of Immunization’ (EPI) by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. In 1985, the programme was modified as ‘Universal Immunization Programme’ (UIP) to be implemented in phased manner to cover all districts in the country by 1989-90 with the one of largest health programme in the world. Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India provides several vaccines to infants, children and pregnant women through the Universal Immunisation Programme.

Vaccines provided under UIP:

BCG

About-BCG stands for Bacillus Calmette-Guerin vaccine. It is given to infants to protect them from tubercular meningitis and disseminated TB.

When to give – BCG vaccine is given at birth or as early as possible till 1year of

Route and site- BCG is given as intradermal injection in left upper arm.

 

OPV

About-OPV stands for Oral Polio Vaccine. It protects children from poliomylitis.

When to give– OPV is given at birth called zero dose and three doses are given at 6, 10 and 14 weeks. A booster dose is given at 16-24 months of age.

Route and site – OPV is given orally in the form of two drops.

 

Hepatitis B vaccine

About – Hepatitis B vaccine protects from Hepatitis B virus infection.

When to give- Hepatitis B vaccine is given at birth or as early as possible within 24 hours. Subsequently 3 dose are given at 6, 10 and 14 weeks in combination with DPT and Hib in the form of pentavalent vaccine.

Route and site- Intramuscular injection is given at anterolateral side of mid thigh

 

Pentavalent Vaccine

About-Pentavalent vaccine is a combined vaccine to protect children from five diseases Diptheria, Tetanus, Pertusis, Haemophilis influenza type b infection and Hepatitis B.

When to give – Three doses are given at 6, 10 and 14 weeks of age (can be given till one year of age).

Route and site-Pentavalent vaccine is given intramuscularly on anterolateral side of mid thigh. SEE:Immunization Schedule Philippines

 

Rotavirus Vaccine

About -RVV stands for Rotavirus vaccine. It gives protection to infants and children against rotavirus diarrhoea. It is given in select states.

When to give – Three doses of vaccine are given at 6, 10, 14 weeks of age (can be given at one year of age).

Route and site-5 drops of liquid vaccine or 2.5 ml (lyophilized vaccine) are given orally.

 

PCV

About- PCV stands for Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine. It protects infants and young children against disease caused by the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae.

When to give – The vaccine is given as two primary doses at 6 & 14 weeks of age followed by a booster dose at 9-12 months of age

Route and site– PCV is given as intramuscular (IM) injection in antero-lateral side of mid- thigh. It should be noted that pentavalent vaccine and PCV are given as two separate injections into opposite thighs.

 

FIPV

About– fIPV stands for Fractional Inactivated Poliomylitis Vaccine. It is used to boost the protection against poliomylitis.

When to give- Two fractional doses of IVP are given intradermally at 6 and 14 weeks of age.

Route and site- It is given as intradermal injection at right upper arm.

 

Measles/ MR vaccine

About-Measles vaccine is used to protect children from measles. In few states Measles and Rubella a combined vaccine is given to protect from Measles and Rubella infection.

When to give-First dose of Measles or MR vaccine is given at 9 completed months to12 months (vaccine can be given up to 5 years if not given at 9-12 months age) and second dose is given at 16-24 months.

Route and site – Measles Vaccine is given as subcutaneous injection in right upper arm.

 

JE vaccine

About– JE stands for Japanese encephalitis vaccine. It gives protection against Japanese Encephalitis disease. JE vaccine is given in select districts endemic for JE after the campaign.

When to give– JE vaccine is given in two doses first dose is given at 9 completed months-12 months of age and second dose at 16-24 months of age.

Route and site- Live attenuated vaccine is given as subcutaneous injection in left upper arm and killed vaccine is given as intramuscular injection in anterolateral aspect of mid- thigh.

 

DPT booster

About-DPT is a combined vaccine; it protects children from Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis.

When to give -DPT vaccine is given at 16-24 months of age is called as DPT first booster and DPT 2nd booster is given at 5-6 years of age.

Route and site- DPT first booster is given as intramuscular injection in antero-lateral side of mid-thigh in left leg. DPT second booster is given as intramuscular injection in left upper arm.

 

Tetanus and adult diphtheria (Td) vaccine:

About-TT vaccine has been replaced with Td vaccine in UIP to limit the waning immunity against diphtheria in older age groups.

When to give- Td vaccine is administered to adolescents at 10 and 16 years of age and to pregnant women.

Pregnant women- Td-1 is given early in pregnancy as first dose and 4 weeks after Td1, second dose of Td as Td-2 is given. Td- Booster is given, if pregnant woman has received 2 TT/Td doses in a pregnancy within the last 3 years.* Intra-muscular Upper Arm

Route and site- Td is given as intramuscular injection in upper arm. SEE:Immunization Schedule In Ghana

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