All babies born at the Clinic, or those registered with the Clinic within two weeks of birth, are offered a free Hepatitis B vaccination. The vaccinations offered by Mae Tao Clinc are the same as those received by Thai children, and in 2010, 6731 doses were administered.
Although the Child OPD officially opened in 1998, its vaccination programme began as early as 1995. As part of Maternal and Child Health services, every Saturday the vaccination programme was run. For two days each week, sessions were held for antenatal care and family planning.
Since April 2009, MTC has been conducting a successful initiative for universal Hepatitis B vaccination for newborns. For babies born at the clinic or those registered with the clinic within two weeks of birth, a free Hepatitis B vaccination is provided. Although universal Hepatitis B vaccinations have been offered in Thailand for more than ten years, MTC patients have been typically unable to access this coverage. This has resulted in prevalence among MTC’s antenatal care clients of 8% to 10% for many years.
The vaccinations offered by MTC are the same as those received by Thai children, and in 2010, 6731 doses were administered, nearly double that from 2009 (3841 doses). To gain immunity, each child must complete the three-dose course.
The clinic now runs three vaccination clinics every week.