Child Health in Hungary

Find out about Hungary's vaccination programme and what to do if your child falls ill...

Parents of babies and toddlers are required to visit their paediatrician or their health visitor for routine check-ups and the child's development is recorded in their vaccination book. Health visitors also have to check if the obligatory vaccines have been given. Vaccinations, however, are given by the child's paediatrician.

Each district is assigned a health visitor (védőnő), who can be found at the local medical centre or by consulting a municipality's website.

The health visitor's duty is to monitor a pregnancy and give advice to new mothers, and they usually visit the family before and after a birth. It is up to the local health visitor how often they visit a family, and unless they consider a family in need of medical guidance, they only visit a few times.

Paediatricians take care of routine check-ups, vaccinations, and any health problems. Each district is assigned several paediatricians, but parents are free to choose one in a different district if they wish. The health visitor arranges a meeting with the paediatrician and they work together as a team.

Vaccinations

In Hungary, vaccinations are a prerequisite for school enrolment. Moreover, parents who refuse mandatory vaccines for their children will be prosecuted. The following vaccinations are mandatory:

  • 0-6 weeks: BCG (tuberculosis)
  • 2 months: DTPa; IPV; Hib (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis; polio; Haemophilus influenzae type b)
  • 3 months: DTPa; IPV; Hib
  • 4 months: DTPa; IPV; Hib
  • 15 months: MMR (measles, mumps and rubella)
  • 18 months: DTPa; IPV; Hib
  • 6 years: DTPa; IPV

The following vaccinations are recommended:

  • 2 months: PCV-13 (pneumococcal bacteria)
  • 4 months: PCV-13
  • 15 months: PCV-13