Portugal: Recommended vaccinations
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Mandatory vaccination
BirthMonthsYears
246121851015-18
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)1
COVID-191
tuberculosis
BCG
diphtheria
D
D
D
D
D
d
tetanus
TT
TT
TT
TT
TT
TT
pertussis
acP
acP
acP
acP
acP
acp3
poliomyelitis
IPV
IPV
IPV
IPV
IPV
Haemophilus influenzae type b infection
Hib
Hib
Hib
Hib
hepatitis B
HepB
HepB
HepB
pneumococcal disease2
PCV134
PCV13
PCV13
meningococcal disease
MenB
MenB
MenB - MenC
measles
MEAS
MEAS
mumps
MUMPS
MUMPS
rubella
RUBE
RUBE
human papillomavirus infection
HPV (F/M)5

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Footnotes:

  1. https://www.sns.gov.pt/noticias/2020/12/17/covid-19-plano-de-vacinacao-2/
  2. PCV 13 included at 2, 4 and 12 months old (for children born after 1 January 2015)
  3. Tdap vaccination recommended during pregnancy in all ages between 20 to 36 weeks of gestation
  4. https://www.dgs.pt/paginas-de-sistema/saude-de-a-a-z/programa-nacional-de-vacinacao/vacinas-do-pnv/infecoes-por-streptococcus-pneumoniae.aspx
  5. 9-valent. Two-dose schedule at 0 and 6 months. Applicable to boys born from 2009.


More information available at:
https://www.dgs.pt/ficheiros-de-upload-2013/pnv-esquema-recomendado-pdf11.aspx https://www.dgs.pt/normas-orientacoes-e-informacoes/normas-e-circulares-normativas/norma-n-0182020-de-27092020-pdf.aspx


MAJOR HISTORICAL CHANGES

Jan.2017: laucnh of the 2017 national vaccination programme. see modifications at http://www.dgs.pt/?ci=923&ur=1&newsletter=374

BCG:
2017: recommended only to specific risk-groups. previously universal vaccination

Measles, mumps and rubella:
1973-77: Vaccination campaign with measles monovalent vaccine to 1-4 years old children.
1974: Measles monovalent vaccine introduced in the national childhood vaccination programme and recommended at 12 to 24 months of age.
1987: Combined measles, mumps and rubella vaccine (MMR) introduced in the national childhood vaccination programme and recommended at 15 months of age.
1990: Second MMR dose added and recommended at 11-13 years of age.
2000: Recommended age for second MMR lowered to 5-6 years of age.
2012: First dose lowered to 12 months of age

HPV:
2008: 27 October. HPV vaccination introduced in national vaccination schedule for 13-year-old girls.
2009: January. HPV vaccination catch-up campaign lasting till 2011, for 17-year old girls.
2012: routine vaccination at 13 years.
2014: HPV schedule changed to 2 doses at 10-13 years old (since oct 2014)
2017: HPV nonavalent introduced as a 2 doses schedule for females at age 10
2020: vaccination extended to boys born from 2009

Meningococcal disease
Men C:
2012: one dose at 12 months instead of a 3-dose schedule

Men B:
2020: introduced as a 3-dose schedule for children born from 2019

Pneumococcal Disease:
2015: PCV 13 included at 2, 4 and 12 months old (since jul 2015)

Td: Adult booster
2017: Vaccination at 25, 45 and 65 years of age and thereafter every 10 years

TdaP: Vaccination during pregnancy
2017: to be given at each pregnancy between gestation week 20 to 36.



Vaccination for specific at-risk groups:
Children
- Rotavirus vaccination is recommended for children with some chronic conditions
- Tetravalent Men vaccination is recommended for selected groups
- Hep A vaccination is recommended for selected groups.

Adults
- PCV and PPSV23 for adults (>=18 years old) with certain chronic conditions (https://www.dgs.pt/directrizes-da-dgs/normas-e-circulares-normativas/norma-n-0112015-de-23062015-pdf.aspx)


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Date of last update: 7 Oct. 2022

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