Melomed, Gatesville in Cape Town



Immunisations are a safe, simple, and effective way of protecting your child against harmful diseases, before they come into contact with them. It uses the body’s natural defences to build resistance to specific infections and makes your immune system stronger.

The immunisation trains your child’s immune system to create antibodies, just as it does when it’s exposed to a disease. However, because the immunisation contains only killed or weakened forms of germs like viruses or bacteria, they do not cause the disease or put your child at risk of its complications.

Most vaccines are given by injection, but some are given orally (by mouth) or sprayed into the nose.

During your child’s general health consultation, Dr Khan will advise you on existing immunisations that can protect your child from infectious diseases like Measles, Influenza, Mumps, Rubella, Hepatitis A and B, Polio, Chickenpox, and Meningococcal Disease. During the consultation, Dr Khan will also explain the importance of immunisation and how they work.

Why are child vaccinations so important?

Immunisation is strongly recommended for children as it can prevent many serious illnesses. The introduction of immunisation for all children has been one of the most important advances in modern medicine; every year, it saves the lives of millions of children throughout the world. It's far better to prevent an infectious illness than to treat the illness and its serious complications. Immunisation can therefore save you a lot of money in the long run.

Recommended immunisations

Dr Khan provides the following immunisations as recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO) :

  • Tuberculosis
  • Polio (poliomyelitis)
  • Diphtheria
  • Whooping cough (pertussis)
  • Tetanus
  • Hepatitis B
  • Haemophilus influenzae (flu vaccine)
  • Pneumococcus
  • Rotavirus
  • Measles
  • Chickenpox
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)