Vaccinations

Find out about the schedule of vaccinations available to babies and children in Portugal...

Portugal has a National Vaccination Plan (Plano Nacional de Vacinação), which is universally available and free of charge to everyone. Despite perceptions to the contrary, there are no compulsory vaccinations (apart from health care workers who must receive the Diptheria vaccine). However admission to public school may be difficult without a record of at least the Diptheria and Tetanus vaccines being administered to the child.

Babies born in Portugal are routinely given vaccinations at birth against:

  • Tuberculosis
  • Hepatitis B

They then follow a calendar of regular vaccinations during their first six months. Vaccines are:

  • Penta Valente against poliomyelitis
  • Diphtheria
  • Tetanus
  • Whooping cough
  • Haemophilus influenza type B
  • Meningococcal C
  • Polio

Between 15 and 18 months of age, babies receive immunisation against measles, mumps and rubella. In some cases, when there is risk, a doctor may recommend immunisation against:

  • Pneumococcus (Pneumonia, Meningitis, Otitis)
  • Influenza
  • MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella combined vaccine)

Girls of 13 years of age are now being routinely administered with two doses of the HPV vaccine, given 6 months apart.

Other vaccines available (but not usually recommended, and not available free) are:

  • Chicken Pox
  • Rotavirus (Gastroenteritis)
  • Hepatitis A

The Ministry of Health has a chart of the childhood vaccine schedule (in Portuguese)