Dindin’s Vaccines

Dindin’s Vaccines

Immunization, or vaccination, is defined as “a way to trigger your immune system and prevent serious, life-threatening diseases.” — according to medhelp.org

We believe in immunization because of the dangerous world around us. They can be costly but we cannot really ensure that our kids are at optimum health 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There are times when their body’s defenses go down unexpectedly (of course, we don’t plan them!) and then there are pathogens around so they get infected easily. If there are concerns about the use of mercury in vaccines to stabilize the microorganisms, I am glad that there are combination vaccines so that the exposure to mercury is much more reduced. Still according to medhelp.org:

“A small amount of mercury (called thimerosal) is a common preservative in multi-dose vaccines. Despite concerns, thimerosal-containing vaccines have NOT been shown to cause autism or ADHD. Nevertheless, if you have concerns about mercury, all of the routine vaccines are also available without added thimerosal.”

Anyway, as much as we can afford, Dindin has been vaccinated since a day after birth. Here is her immunization record and the prices of her immunization.

Hepatitis B vaccine (at birth) -March 13, 2009 (included in the hospital bill)

BCGBacillus Calmette-Guérin (or Bacille Calmette-Guérin) (1 week old) – March 17, 2009 (included in the hospital bill)

Hexavac 6 in 1 (DPT-diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough) and tetanus, Hepatitis B, Polio, HiB-Haemophilus influenzae type B – 2 months, 4 months, 6 months) – May 9, 2009; July 9, 2009; and September 10, 2009… Hexavac has three doses only instead of having to go to the doctor for each and every single shot.  (p3,500 per shot x 3 = P10,500)

Measles (9months) – December 28, 2009 (P650)

Varicella (15 months)  – April 6, 2010 (There is already and MMRV combo vaccine but it came out after Dindin got her Varicella shot already) – (P2,200)

MMR (Mumps, Measles, and Rubella) (16 months)- September 2, 2010 (This was delayed because Dindin got sick. Immunizations could not be administered if the child is sick).  (P1,100)

Our pediatrician says that we can opt to have the Oral Rotavirus and IPD vaccine as well. IPD covers Pneumonia and Otitis Media. But all are very expensive. Having these would set us back somewhere around P15,000. I think that is already too much. We are just building up her immunity. I believe in the other vaccines because the diseases they cause are really debilitating. But as for the other vaccines, we can try to maintain clean surroundings and give her clean food.

Her next schedule is next month.

Hepatitis A – October 2, 2010 (P1,500)

After next month, she will have a Hepatitis A booster shot after 6 months. Then it will be typhoid. I am not sure if we will continue with other vaccines. If ever there will be a dengue vaccine, then maybe we will give her that, too.

So her total expenses for immunizations until next month would be – P15,950.00

72 thoughts on “Dindin’s Vaccines

  1. Michelle Talaboc (@chelxlife)

    I had my 2 kids immunized in our barangay health center. I went there early to avoid long queues. So far, I am very contented with the service the public health workers are providing in our center.

    1. Loving Mama Post author

      Good for you sis! In our case, we only did it for our second. How I wish we also did that for our first.

  2. Leny Martinez

    My first child done his immunization in our baranggay,follow lang the schedule and be there early para walang hassel,but my second child done her immunization in her pedia pero free yun kase sa blue card kakatuwa kase feeling sosyal kase aside sa private hospital libre pa..hehe thanks for her pedia… when it come to the immunization it is better to follow the normal vaccination na ibinibigay hanggang 9 mos and then the rest its up to you kung gusto mo ipavaccine ang baby. but in a long run the health of the baby is not depend on the vaccination itself, opinion ko lang po..

  3. Belinda Ibanez

    My 3 kids have completed all the necessary vaccinations and the follow-ups, it is for their health. It is so expensive nowadays to get sick so it is really better or i may say the best prevention is better than cure indeed so true.

  4. Raima

    My daughter immunized in our barangay health center and it really takes time to wait but its ok because i know its not for me but for my daughter’s health.

  5. Istin Dizon Paigna

    I am not sure if I was able to complete all the immunization vaccines for my kids because I had them injected in our barangay health center. I hate to admit it that it is costly but it is a great investment when it comes to your child’s health. I wish the government could provide free vaccines for everything that is required to our children.

  6. Aine Garcia

    vaccines are really costly, but i guess it depends on the dr din. we had her typhoid & meningitis done in our province, both for 4,400.. kasi the cost of the vaccines from her pedia is 7,500. my mom also said, that it’s still our (as parents) decision if we shall continue with other vaccines. there are drs lang kasi na they would make you feel na mandatory talaga lahat lahat!

    1. Loving Mama Post author

      True. Our pedia naman tells us the optional vaccines. We opted not to have flu vacs

  7. Mertevchel Teves Cañete

    I agree with you. Vaccination, no matter how costly it is, still we could not afford kids to be an easy access to any diseases. Though yes, vaccines could not guarantee parents a 100% disease free yet prevention is better than cure. Yes, 15000 or more could be the cost that we could be paying for the welfare of our kids in exchange of possibilities our kids could be confine in the hospital due to our lack of care. Sabi nga nila, ‘bawal magkasakit.’

  8. Aliz G.M.

    It is really so expensive to have vaccines in private hospitals but it’s worth the price. Good thing, we have Barangay Health Center to provide those too.

  9. Ralyn Serra

    my daughter finisher her vaccination at a cith health center. Thanks it helps a lot because vaccination with private hospitals are very expensive

  10. Lelorvina Belandres

    It is true that immunization is the best way to protect our kids. This is a must do.

  11. Pinay Mama

    Vaccines are really expensive in private clinics and hospitals. I am very grateful to the nurses in Baguio Health center because they are very accommodating. Elijah completed his vaccines and all are free!

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