Screening before vaccination
1. Why is screening before vaccination necessary?
It is necessary to have a screening for contraindications and precautions before a vaccine is administered. This screening will provide information to help the persons who administer vaccines decide which vaccine should/ or should not be administered.
Therefore, doctors and health care personnel should use a standardized screening questionnaire to ensure all vaccines are administered safely.
The conclusion of the screening is based on information provided by the parents or the vaccine recipients as well as the examination by the doctor.
2. What to tell your health care personnel?
If the vaccine recipient is a baby or infant, parents or guardians need to answer some questions as below:
- Is the baby’s weight over 2500g?
- Is the child well on the day of vaccination?
- Has the child fever or illness? Does the child have any diseases or health problems that need to be admitted to a hospital?
- Is the child using any medication or treatment methods?
- Does the child have any severe allergies (to anything)?
- Has the child had a severe reaction to vaccination before?
If the vaccine recipient is an adult, our health care personnel also ask for current health conditions and medication, medical history as well as any vaccines that were received within 4 weeks and any reaction following any vaccine.
For women, it is important to tell our doctor if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy.
What is included in the pre-vaccination screening?
A pre-vaccination screening follows the guidelines provided by our MOH. A doctor or a nurse will check:
- Body temperature/li>
- Vital signs
- Blood pressure and heart rate
- Other health conditions