Healthcare for Toddlers and Young Children

Find out about the facilities available to you and your toddlers in Greece...

A health booklet (βιβλιάριο υγείας παιδιού / Vivliario Ygias Paidiou) is issued at the maternity hospital or by the paediatrician after birth. The booklet records the medical background of the child, along with its measurements (weight, height and size of the head) and vaccinations.

The maternity clinic and paediatrician also keep a file of the baby from birth. If the booklet gets lost, a new one can be issued.

  • For an example of the health booklet: Click here

A paediatrician should be found for the baby just prior to or after the birth to perform routine examinations on the baby and administer immunisations. The first check-up takes place two weeks after birth. Routine examinations take place either every month or every two months, depending on the paediatrician.

Children's hospitals and emergencies

Not all hospitals have a children's ward. In case of emergency, children can be treated at any hospital, but in general they are taken to a specific paediatric hospital or a hospital with a paediatric unit.

Immunisations

Immunisations for babies and young children are administered by their paediatrician. The childhood vaccination schedule (as of April 2007) recommended by the Greek Ministry of Health is as follows:

Greek Childhood Vaccination Schedule
Age: 2 months DTaP (against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis/whooping cough)
Hib (against influenza type b)
IPV (against polio)
HepB (against hepatitis b)
MenC (against meningitis c)
PCV7 (against pneumococcal disease)
Age: 4 months DTaP (against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis/whooping cough)
Hib (against influenza type b)
IPV (against polio)
HepB (against hepatitis b)
MenC (against meningitis c)
PCV7 (against pneumococcal disease)
Age: 6 months DTaP (against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis/whooping cough)
Hib (against influenza type b)
PCV7 (against pneumococcal disease)
Age: 6-18 months IPV (against polio)
HepB (against hepatitis b)
Age: 12-15 months Hib (against influenza type b)
MMR (against measles, mumps, rubella)
PCV7 (against pneumococcal disease)
Age: 12-18 months Var (against varicella)
Age: 15-18 months DTaP (against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis/whooping cough)
MenC (against meningitis c)
Age: 4-6 years DTaP (against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis/whooping cough)
IPV (against polio)
MMR (against measles, mumps, rubella)
Age: 6 years BCG (against tuberculosis)
Age: 11-18 years Var (against varicella)
Diphtheria booster
Tetanus
  • For information from EUVAC.net on the Greek childhood vaccination schedule: Click here

Schools and crèches may require that children have certain vaccinations carried out before they are admitted and may request to see the health booklet for proof.