Anti-pneumonia vaccine: Important information for Pinoy parents
Pneumonia is the leading cause of death in children aged 1 to 5 all over the world. Read on to find out more about the vaccine that can protect your child against it.
Pneumonia vaccine in Philippines
Pneumonia is the leading cause of death of children. Aged 1 to 5 in the Philippines. Nearly a million children die around the world annually because of the disease. It’s a good thing that, aside from other health safety measures, there is now an anti-pneumonia vaccine that protects against the disease. But first of all, what is Pneumonia?
Pneumonia on kids
Pneumonia is an infectious disease on the lungs. This is happened when the air sacs of a lungs were filled with pus and fluid that cause cough with phlegm. This makes hard for the oxygen to reach the bloodstream of a one person. Pneumonia can cause chills, fever, cough and difficulty breathing.
This disease is a serious complication and disease that must give importance. It is also lead to life-threatening. Young children and infants are most likely to have Pneumonia. It can also be older people and those who have current health problems.
Signs of Pneumonia
- Hard to breath
- Hard breathing with wheezing sounds
- Chest pain
- Stuffy nose
Anti pneumonia vaccine and price in Philippines
The pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, or PCV as it is commonly called protects infants and toddlers against 13 types of pneumococcal bacteria, which has also been known to cause ear infections, meningitis, and septicimia (blood poisoning).
In 2013, the pneumococcal conjugate (anti-pneumonia) vaccine was initially made available for free in health centers nationwide by the Department of Health (DOH) as part of their Expanded Program on Immunization. However, many parents have lamented online that the supplies are limited. The DOH clarified that their priority recipients of the free vaccine “will be families listed in the National Housing and Targeting System (NHTS) for Poverty Reduction nationwide.”
How long does a pneumonia shot last?
The pneumonia vaccine in the Philippines helps one person from having pneumococcal disease. This vaccine can help and protect them for about a couple of years.
You must have 4 pneumonia shots at the age of 2 years old and younger. Then at the age of 65 and above, you must have 2 shots of vaccine.
How much was the pneumonia vaccine price in the Philippines?
Based on the press release that was given by DOH on February 13 2020, the DOH and NIP are still providing pneumococcal conjugate vaccine particularly the PCV13 for free. This vaccine can help and protects pregnant women, children and elder people.
When should my child get each dose of the anti-pneumonia vaccine?
As previously mentioned, each child is required to get 3 doses at around 6, 10, and 14 weeks of age. With each dose intentionally scheduled at least 4 weeks apart. It’s still best to consult your pediatrician regarding the best schedule and brand of vaccine for your little one.
What about those who are not in poverty, but can’t afford the anti-pneumonia vaccine?
The complaints of parents who cannot afford the vaccine have not fallen on deaf ears. International Humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders have launched a campaign called A Fair Shot to raise awareness about how the PCV vaccine needs to be made more accessible to parents. They target their efforts to convince big pharmaceutical companies to lower their prices in order to give little ones a fair shot at life. It is by being given the opportunity to get a chance to grow into optimum health and well-being. Which is, we can all agree, is the birthright of every child.
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