Vaccine preventable diseases in the Danish Childhood Vaccination Programme

The Danish childhood vaccination programme is a free service to all children to be vaccinated against nine infectious diseases. Only girls are offered HPV vaccination but from 1 September 2019 HPV will be offered to boys who have turned 12 years old on 1 July 2019 or later.

The Danish Childhood Vaccination Programme, diseases

  1. Diphtheria: An acute bacterial infection, which may cause serious and life-threatening inflammation of the throat
  2. Tetanus: An acute serious disease induced by an exotoxin of the tetanus bacillus, which may grow in a contaminated wound
  3. Whooping cough (pertussis): An acute bacterial infection of the respiratory tract caused by Bordetella Pertussis. A potentially serious disease, especially in infants
  4. Polio: A viral infection, which may result in permanent paralysis
  5. Hib-infection (Haemophilus influenzae type b): A cause of bacterial meningitis and epiglottitis
  6. Pneumococcal disease: Pneumococci are an important causal factor of sinusitis, otitis media, pneumonia and invasive diseases, including bacteraemia and bacterial meningitis
  7. Measles (morbilli): An acute highly communicable viral disease characterised by high fever, coughing, common cold, eye irritation, skin rash and possible serious complications such as pneumonia or encephalitis
  8. Mumps (parotitis epidemica): acute viral disease characterised by swollen salivary glands and a slight fever and possibly complicated by meningitis or orchitis with permanent damages
  9. Rubella: a viral disease which causes skin rash, swollen lymph glands and a slight fever. Infection in pregnant women during the first trimester may result in miscarriage or congenital malformation of the baby
  10. Human papilloma virus: can cause cervical cancer, genital lesions, and external venereal warts.