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)
BCG–Bacillus 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