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MCQs in Tropical Medicine

Rob Skelly DTM+H FRCP

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Answer 99 - The Expanded Programme for Immunisation

The World Health Organisation's Expanded Programme for Immunisation (EPI) includes immunisation against:
a. cholera
b. hepatitis A
c. rubella
d. smallpox
e. typhoid

All False

The WHO EPI schedule for developing countries:

BCG at birth
oral polio at birth, 6 weeks, 10 weeks, 14 weeks
Hepatitis B at birth, 6 weeks, 9 months
diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus (DPT) at 6, 10, and 14 weeks
measles at 9 months

Tetanus toxoid should also be given to women of reproductive age: 2 doses at least 1 month apart (and at least 2 weeks before delivery if pregnant.)

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