Vaccine Day - PCV

It's Jabe's vaccine day again.

We left the house as early as we can so that we can arrive at Manila Doctors hospital where his pedia's clinic is located early and be one of the early patients. Getting up and leaving the house early paid off a little as we were patient number 6 as compared to us being patient number 13 for his two previous check-ups and vaccine day.

His pedia was not present earlier, the assistant told us she was at a convention, that is why another pedia was there to tend to the patients. This new pedia is young, I thnk, maybe in her early 30s or so. Jabe was given his second shot of PCV or the pneumococcal vaccine. It was priced at 5,000 pesos. Yeah, I know it is expensive, some mommies from a discussion board also told me it is expensive and I can get it at a lesser value at the health center or other pedia. I don't have a problem shelling out money as long as it would benefit Jabe.

Here are some info about PCV or pneumococcal vaccine, I got this one from the BabyCenter website.

What are the benefits of the pneumococcal vaccine?

This vaccine protects against pneumococcal (pronounced new-m'COCKL) infections, which mostly strike children under age 5 and can lead to some of the worst childhood diseases. Pneumococcal infections are one of the most common causes of death in the United States from a disease that's preventable through a vaccine.

Before the vaccine came along, pneumococcal infection caused more than 700 cases of meningitis, 13,000 blood infections, and 5 million ear infections in children under 5 every year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The vaccine is effective in up to 90 percent of people who get it.

The bugs responsible for pneumococcal are bacteria called Streptococcus pneumoniae. They live in the mucous lining of the nose and in the back of the throat. And when they're plentiful enough, they can cause an infection in the respiratory tract, middle ear, or sinus cavities. Antibiotics such as penicillin can kill them, but up to 40 percent of the strains are resistant to antibiotics.

Pneumococcal bacteria spread by close contact and through coughing and sneezing. Diseases such as meningitis and pneumonia can crop up within days of infection.

Symptoms of pneumococcal pneumonia usually include fever and chills with shaking or trembling, as well as chest pain, coughing, shortness of breath, rapid breathing, rapid heart rate, fatigue, and weakness. Nausea, vomiting, and headaches are also associated with pneumococcal pneumonia, but are less common.

Pneumococcal bacteria also cause some of the most serious ear infections in children.

Jabe's next vaccine day is scheduled on the 19th of November where he will be given the DPT.

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