Pneumococcal Vaccine in the Philippine Setting (Yes Expensive and Yet so IMPORTANT!)
Why Need to Get the IPD Vaccine/ Pneumococcal Vaccine?
As we all know, different vaccines are very important for babies. This is one of the most effective ways to protect and keep them from serious diseases like pneumonia (lung problem), meningitis (brain problem), bacteremia (blood stream problem), sinusitis (sinusitis membrane problem), otitis media (ear problem) and other infectious diseases around us. Since the immune system of our babies are still in the process of developing, we really need to invest on this even if its expensive.
Most moms in the Philippines has doubts if the IPD vaccine is really important for their babies. Since this vaccine is one of the most expensive vaccines in the country and the government cannot cover the costs, most of them ask other moms about it through online forums. It has become a culture for other moms to ask through online forum before getting this vaccine for their babies.
IPD vaccine should be given as early as 2 months. According to studies, this vaccine will protect the baby from getting infections that were mentioned earlier. This immunization has 3 shots and a booster. The price of each shot is ranging from 3,500-5,000 pesos (85- 120 US dollars). Parents need to spend around 14,000 pesos to 20,000 pesos (325 -426 US dollars) to complete this.
IPD vaccine is only an option for them since most of them only earn enough each month. An average Filipino employee has a minimum wage of 446 pesos in an 8 hour job. This will give them around 13,380 pesos excluding miscellaneous expenses such as daily allowance for food and transportation. In addition to this, most Filipinos need to pay monthly basic bills like electricity, house rentals and water.
With this kind of situation, some parents end up waiting for their babies to reach the age of 3 so that they can just get the IPD / pneumococcal vaccine for 1 shot which cost them around 3500 to 5000 pesos excluding the professional fee of the pediatrician.
Based on my experience, my baby boy is turning 5 months this coming December 3, 2012. His pediatrician suggested to have the vaccine this month but we decided to schedule his IPD vaccine on January 2013. By then, he is already 6 month.
To make way for the expenses for his baptism and holiday season, we decided to delay the immunization. He will be receiving the sacrament of baptismal two weeks from now so we have a lot of expenses for this event. To top it all, we are trying to save money for celebrating Christmas season.
I personally regret our decision to delay the immunization for my baby. Our baby boy is experiencing coughs and colds right this very moment.This made me think if he had his IPD vaccine done earlier, maybe he is not experiencing this severe coughs and colds. And now, I am very worried that this might result to bronchitis or pneumonia. The doctor said that he needs to finish 7 days of nebulae 3 times a day. This will help him breathe properly.
It really break our hearts when we see our baby coughing hard with slight fever.
I know it's late but I just realized that you cannot delay important things especially when it comes to health.