7 vaccines for your child you can get for free in your local health center

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Here are the free vaccines at the health center that are given to babies and young children as their protection against diseases.

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Free vaccines for babies at the Philippines Health Centers

As a parent, we want to make sure our children are always safe. Especially with diseases that could endanger his life. Except for providing nutritious food, according to experts. One of the best ways to do this is to vaccinate our children against diseases. It must have begun at the time he was born into the world.

But when it comes to calculating the cost to complete the vaccine a baby needs from birth to adulthood. Not all Filipino families can afford it. That is why the government launched the National Immunization Program in the Philippines which aims to provide free vaccinations to all Filipino children.

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Under this program, there are free vaccinations at the health center given to infants and young children. They are as follows:

1. BCG (Bacille-Calmette-Guerin)

BCG or Bacille-Calmette-Guerin was one of the first vaccines given to infants after birth. It is a vaccine made as a baby’s defense against the diseases tuberculosis meningitis and leprosy or better known as leprosy.

2. Hepatitis B

Another vaccine that is given at the birth of a baby is the Hepatitis B vaccine. It is given to the baby as protection against Hepatitis B disease and to prevent him from becoming a carrier of it as well.

This vaccine is important because hepatitis can damage a person’s liver and can cause cancer which is a deadly disease.

3. Pentavalent vaccine

The pentavalent vaccine is a combination vaccine consisting of vaccines against the major diseases Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Hepatitis B, and Haemophilus Influenza.

Three doses of this vaccine should be given to the baby for stronger protection.

The pentavalent vaccine is first given to an infant when he or she is 6 weeks or 1 ½ months of life. The second dose is given when the baby is 2 ½ months old. While the third dose is given after one month or when the baby is 3 ½ old.

It is made as protection against diphtheria disease which causes an infection in the upper respiratory tract and can obstruct breathing when it worsens. The same goes for pertussis, or chronic cough is also known as whooping cough which is dangerous for babies.

The pentavalent vaccine also protects a baby from tetanus which causes stiffness and excessive muscle soreness. The same goes for Haemophilus influenzae type B disease which is very dangerous in young children.

The pentavalent vaccine also contains the hepa B vaccine that completes the dose a baby needs.

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4. Polio (Oral Polio Vaccine o OPV)

Like the pentavalent vaccine, the oral polio vaccine is given to the baby three times or twelve times. It begins to be given when he is 1 ½ months old. Then followed by the second and third twelve when he is 2 ½ and 3 ½ months old.

OPV is given to the baby to protect him against polio disease which can cause disability or handicap in his bones that can make it him difficult to walk.

5. Inactivated polio vaccine

Apart from OPV, the baby is also given a vaccine called the inactivated polio vaccine. This is an extra protection for the baby from polio that is given when he is 3 ½ months old. Unlike OPV or oral polio vaccine, IPV is given by injection into an infant’s arm or leg.

6. Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine o PCV

To protect the baby from the dangerous diseases of pneumonia and meningitis, he is given the pneumococoal conjugate vaccine or PCV. It has three doses given since he steps 1 ½ month old. The next dose will be given one month later and will be completed when the baby is 3 ½ months old.

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7. Measles, Mumps, Rubella o MMR vaccine

The MMR vaccine is given to the baby as protection against measles, rubella, or german measles and mumps. These diseases if left untreated can cause malnutrition and poor mental health in the baby. It can also cause deafness or blindness.

It is given when a baby is one year and one month old. Currently under the DOH’s supplemental vaccination program called Measles-Rubella Oral Polio Vaccine Supplemental Immunization Activity (MR OPV SIA). Children aged 9 months to under five years of age will be vaccinated against measles, rubella, and polio.

This is as additional protection against the aforementioned diseases that have been recorded with outbreaks in some parts of the country.

The above is the free vaccines given to babies one year of age and younger.

Free vaccines for babies in the Philippines: Health center vs. Private Clinics

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Because of the immunization issues that have caused fear and anxiety for some parents. Many question the safety of free vaccines provided by the government. Some prefer to buy and pay for vaccinations from private clinics and hospitals to be sure.

But according to the pediatrician and executive director of the Philippine Foundation for Vaccination, Dr. Lulu Bravo, the vaccines provided by the government are safe.

It is no different from vaccines purchased from private clinics. Statement by Dr. Bravo to theAsianparent’s interview with him on Vaccine Talk: Ask me Anything! health webinar on Facebook:

“As long as vaccines are approved by our FDA and used in our national vaccination program, we can trust them.

Our government will not give a bad vaccine. Because think of us as smart FDA experts. Or what we call vaccine experts. Once the vaccine is approved, it is safe.

We say why the private is expensive and the government is free. Because our government buys by volume and will not sell it. They are getting a vaccine that can be shared with us.

Those in private clinics because they buy little by little so it’s more expensive.”

Why does your child need to be vaccinated?

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Dr. Bravo added that we should take advantage of the free vaccines at the health center given to our children. Because it will save them from diseases that can threaten their lives.

“We need to tell our compatriots to go to the health center because the vaccine is free. To save the lives of our children. ”

“Did you know that all over the world, 3 million lives of babies are saved by the vaccine every year. So we really have to trust.

Now if the child is not vaccinated, he is in danger. Or we put him in a position with a high chance of getting a contagious disease. ”

Source:

CDC, DOH, PIA, The Asianparent PH

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