Newborn screening is a medical procedure where a newborn baby is screened within 72 hours of birth for any disorders of diseases that might affect the baby’s normal functions.
Metabolic disorders, blood diseases, genetic disorders, etc. come to the foray very early if the baby is given a NBS. Doctors suggest it to parents if they suspect anything in the baby. The idea is to perform the tests and detect diseases if any at the earliest stage possible so that the necessary treatment can be provided at the very starting of the disease and it can be cured.
- Routine vaccines are BCG, Hep.B, OPV, DTP, Hib, Measles and MMR.
- Optional vaccines include ORV, PCV, Varicella, Typhoid and HPV.
- Special vaccines are Influenza, Meningococcal, JE, Cholera, Rabies, Yellow Fever, Pneumococcal 23 Breast feeding and lactation consultation programme.