UAE doctors allay parents’ fears in midst of key vaccine shortage

UAE doctors allay parents' fears in midst of key vaccine shortage

Hospitals in the UAE will get new stock of an important vaccine given to newborn babies by October. 

The combined vaccine, which is currently in short supply worldwide, protects infants against six different diseases including polio, Hepatitis B and whooping cough.

It is administered to babies in intervals when they’re two months, four months, six months and 19 months old.  

Many parents say they have been unable to get their children vaccinated over the last few weeks because it’s been out of stock in several hospitals and clinics.

Dr. Gordon Bland, Specialist Family Medicine at Mediclinic Dubai Mall explains why parents shouldn’t be worried by the current shortage.


Doctors say that children who have already been injected at least once are safe, but those who haven’t could be vulnerable to certain diseases.

Dr. Gordon Bland explains what precautions parents should take if their children fall under this category.

Below are the six diseases that the vaccine is designed to protect children from:

  • Diphtheria
  • Tetanus
  • Pertussis (whooping cough)
  • Hepatitis B (HB)
  • Polio (IPV)
  • Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)

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