Hepa A booster

For almost 3 years, I\’m proud to say that I have been carefully following B\’s immunization schedule and haven\’t miss any. Since I\’m on a shifting schedule, I have no time to avail the free vacc offered by our Public Health Center. In that case, all the immunization vacc of my B was on private clinic performed by his Pedia. 
A common question,  \”Is there a need for Hepatitis A booster?\” After availing of the full primary vacc of Hepa A, I personally think that there\’s still  a long term need of  immunity and protection against Hepatitis A virus (HAV). Providing the best and listening to Pedia\’s recommendation was my top priority adding up  the costs  to our basic expenses. 
We are scheduled to have B\’s booster 2nd week this month that would cost  Php1,700 and will inquire on what\’s next  for him coz he\’s turning 3 on the 3rd week, will also confirm if  DTAP vacc will be included. I\’ve double check on B\’s Immunization Scheduler and we\’re on the right track. (thums up!)
Here\’s a must read: 
\”Although one dose of vaccine provides at least short-term protection, the manufacturers currently recommend two doses to ensure long-term protection. In studies evaluating the duration of protection of two or more doses of hepatitis A vaccine, 99%–100% of vaccinated individuals had levels of antibody indicative of protection five to eight years after vaccination. 

Kinetic models of antibody decay indicate that the duration of protection is likely to be at least 20 years, and possibly lifelong. Post-marketing surveillance studies are needed to monitor vaccine-induced long-term protection, and to determine the need for booster doses of vaccine. This is especially true in areas of low disease endemicity where natural boosting does not occur.\” source: Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals

Pedia Visit for Varicella Vaccine

The first dose of varicella vaccine is administered at age 12-15 mos. based on PhilVacc immunization schedule, for some reason, my child had his first shot just today. (Well, Doc determines which is the the best schedule to give for every child, case by case).
We are originally sked for flu vacc but it was still not available as of this time. I don\’t know if there\’s still a problem on manufacturer because there\’s a certain report last time that fake flu vacc was out of the market, so we are cautious to have it. And so we\’ve waited, but until now there\’s no release yet.

We arrived just on time to be the number 2 patient, and so the usual scenario of waiting for Pedia Doc for almost an hour rewinds. While waiting, my child plays around and we find it hard to make him just sit down in a corner and behave. A mommy on my side talked to me asking if my child was already on school, I said not yet, and she replied: \”kaya pla\”.

I explained my side that its too early for him to go to school since he just turned 2, but she say that her child started early as that. I guess thats \”Play school for toddlers\”.

I don\’t know what I felt as she emphasizes that a child needs to learn how to socialize. To be honest, I felt awkward about it, as if she\’s trying to bring it as: \”Have your child  learn to socialize\”, as if its not normal for him to behave that way. My first impulse was not to get so much weight on what she\’s trying to imply (if i\’m not getting it wrong!).

Back to waiting…. few more minutes, then Pedia Doc arrived. First patient came in, after 20min. then we\’re next. Brandon\’s weight marked to 19kg as of this date. A well toddler! Looking back, he was just 3kgs when he reached his first month. Oh! How time passes by so quickly.. I already have a toddler! I no longer have a baby…

Enough for that (toinks!), Varicella Vaccine here we go… Super \”hold\” on my toddler\’s arms and legs as Pedia Doc aims for his right leg. A short scream was heard and that\’s it!

It\’s not 100% assurance of not having chicken pox but definitely a way of prevention from any related disease such as \’shingles\’ – (also termed herpes zoster) is a disease caused by reactivation of the herpes zoster virus (varicella-zoster virus, or VZV) that results in a painful localized skin rash, usually with blisters (fluid filled sacks) on top of the reddish skin.

It costs us 2,200 pesos, not much for an added protection for my child from the worst of this illness. While the vaccine isn\’t 100 percent effective (about 15 percent of vaccinated children still get chicken pox), vaccinated children who come down with it will have only very mild symptoms. That usually means fewer than 50 blisters, no fever, and less sick time.

A much less severe case! a much less… that makes the vaccine a requirement for every child.