Several weeks back Mini AG got a cold and I went to my pediatrician to have her checked out. My pediatrician offers in-home visits and we’ve had a few but I didn’t want to wait for Mini AG to get worse before she got looked at so booked an appointment at their office. When he looked at her vaccine record (aka “jabs”), he was shocked to hear that I hadn’t gotten her the chicken pox shot yet.
I was equally surprised. My GP specifically told me that they didn’t give chicken pox shots here, and my pediatrician in the US was planning on giving her the shot when we were home next.
Upon leaving the office, Husband said, “You should do a post on this! It’s really confusing!”
So here are the differences that I have encountered so far. Please feel free to add anything additional in the comments section. Sharing is caring!
USA: Hepatitis B shot at 4 weeks, 6 months and again at 10 months.
UK: Mentioned in the the “red book” but was never mentioned to me in person by anyone.
BCG (aka the TB vaccine):
USA: No shot, but tested in a skin-prick test.
UK: BCG shot given in the first year. (Optional).
** This is a controversial one. US doctors I have spoken to have advised against if you are ever planning on moving back to the USA. But UK doctors think it’s a must. Would be interested in your opinions on this one….
USA: Given at 1 year and 5 years.
UK: If you see a private pediatrician, you can get it here in the UK also.
There are some parents that are very strict about the US schedule, and some (like me) that have done a combination after speaking with the doctors……