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The baby is born with few defences against some diseases. Therefore the child needs to be protected by vaccines. Still in the maternity the baby shall take:

• The first dose of vaccine against Hepatitis B;

• One dose of BCG against the serious types of Tuberculosis.

Leader, note the example: A newborn baby on 20th January 2006 has had written down the following on his/her Health Card:

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In general the health providers note down in pencil the date for the next dose of the same vaccine.

If the BCG vaccine is not taken at the maternity, the baby shall be taken to the health service unit within 28 days as of the child’s birth date.