[LISTEN] How many vaccinations will a child receive throughout childhood?

Africa Check says a viral graphic of a child with needles in the arms which suggests a child will get nearly one hundred vaccines in their childhood is false.

The image, which has been shared on social media, was in fact used in an awareness campaign by the British Diabetic Association highlighting what it means for young children to suffer from diabetes.

Africa Check acting deputy editor Kate Wilkinson details how many vaccinations a child will receive in their childhood, based on the most recent data.

We looked at the latest guidance from the South African Department of Health and what we see is that within the first 12 months of life, a baby should get 13 vaccines and nine of those are by injection.

Kate Wilkinson - Acting deputy editor - Africa Check

Then children need three follow-up immunisations - so at 18 months, six years and then at 12 years and all three of those are done through injections.

Kate Wilkinson - Acting deputy editor - Africa Check

What we see is that in total, children get 16 childhood vaccinations - 12 injections and four drops.

Kate Wilkinson - Acting deputy editor - Africa Check

Click on the link below to hear Kate unpack a number of other claims....


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