Reese and Her Immunization Shots

Last month, Dra. Sanchez (Reese’s pedia) gave us an immunization schedule.  In the schedule, it was stated that Reese will receive a bunch of immunization shots during her 2nd month.  As you probably know, time flies when you have a baby and before we know it, we’re already at the hospital for Reese’s shots.

Basically, she was given three shots:

  • 5 in 1 vaccine
  • PCV
  • Rotavirus drop

Sounds like a lot, right?  Let’s talk about them one by one.

Disclaimer:  I am not a medical professional.  Information found on this post are based on my research and I will not be held responsible for any wrong information.  Consult your baby’s pedia for the most accurate information!

5 in 1 vaccine

Fortunately, gone are the days when the 5 in 1 vaccine is given one by one.  So that’s 4 less shots for my baby.  This vaccine protects babies from these nasty diseases:

  1. Hib disease
  2. Whooping cough
  3. Polio
  4. Diptheria
  5. Tetanus

Personally, I’m familiar with polio, tetanus and whooping cough.  But hib and diptheria sounds unpleasant so I’m just happy that the 5 in 1 vaccine takes care of them as well.

This vaccine is a MUST.  Your pedia will tell you that.  It’s 3,000 pesos from our side of the Philippines and I heard that it’s more expensive in Manila.  However, our pedia said that you can get it for free from a barangay health center.

PCV

After doing research, I found out that some pedia don’t include the PCV in the immunization schedule for the 2nd month.  Some of them are saying that it’s optional.  But long-time readers of this blog will tell you that I’m not one to leave things to chance.  So I grabbed the opportunity to protect my baby further with a PCV.

According to my research, PCV or pneumococcal conjugate vaccine is a must for babies less than 59 months old.  Sure, Reese still has about 57 months before reaching that 59 month recommendation.  But I don’t think I’ll be able to forgive myself if she developed pneumococcal disease just because I chose to wait.  I couldn’t even stand it when my baby suffered from clogged nose.  Pneumonia pa kaya?

Rotavirus drop

Rotavirus

A Baby Getting a Rotavirus Shot

Fortunately, the rotavirus shot came in the form of drops.  Reese already received shots on both legs.  Sure, she didn’t cry that much.  Although her knuckles were white for grasping my finger too hard.

It looks like she enjoyed the taste of the rotavirus drop.  Here’s a tip.  Don’t feed her too much before going to the pedia.  The pedia said that some babies spit it out if they’re already full.

This shot is another optional shot according to my research.  But this is very important.  This shot protects babies from different rotaviruses which are primarily responsible for severe diarrhea.  That’s not something that I want my baby to experience so sign us up, doc!

All in all, we spent 10,800 pesos for all three shots.  Here’s the breakdown:

  • 3,000 pesos for the 5 in 1
  • 3,000 pesos for the rotavirus shot
  • 4,800 pesos for the PCV

I say money well spent!  But according to the immunization schedule, we need to do it again on Reese’s 4th month.  But still, money well spent!

Photo from Gates Foundation

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One Response to Reese and Her Immunization Shots

  1. richard rodriguez

    Just want to ask when was the PCV vaccine given to your baby? My daughter will also have the vaccine but a pedia in a certain hospital costs us 6000 when we inquired.

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