Sunday, October 30, 2011

Pneumococcal Vaccination..

Ada sesapa amik pneumococcal vaccination tak utk anak dia? Last week masa jupe paed Faheem, dia ada cerita psl vaccine ni. Not compulsary in Malaysia tp sgt bagus utk amik katanya. Dia soh aku menggoogle pasal vaccination ni.

Ada 3 dose kena amik + 1 booster. Satu dose RM230 hocaayyyyy! giler mahal. sbb tu lah kerajaan Malaysia xkasik compulsary kot. kalu tak mampus kerajaan nk subsidi kt spital2 gomen. hehe tak gitu? Panel Company pun xcover ni.. Teringin nk tau lebih lanjut.. masih dlm proses nk menggoogle.. So far for both Farris n Safiya, yg optional punya vaccination yg kitorg amik cuma Chicken Pox aje..

Ada sesapa amik utk anak masing2? btw ni sikit sebanyak yg aku jupe on the net psl ni..

Pneumococcal (pronounced as New-m'COCKL) disease is a severe bacterial infection caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae, also called pneumococcus. It may cause pneumonia, meningitis or a blood stream infection (bacteremia). This disease mostly strike children under age 5 and can lead to some of the worst childhood diseases. Kids under 2 years old are most at risk. These bugs live in the mucous lining of the nose and in the back of the throat, and when plentiful enough can cause an infection in the respiratory tract, middle ear, or sinus cavities.
Pneumonia - inflammatory illness of the lung
Meningitis - inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. Potentially life threatening.
Bacteremia - blood infection with bacteria.

It suffice to say that if our child is put in a day care centre and that he/she mixes freely with other children, he/she would be at a higher risk exposure and hence, making pneumococcal vaccination a MUST as soon as possible.

The routine schedule for pneumococcal conjugate vaccine is 4 doses, one dose at each of these ages:

�� 2 months
�� 4 months
�� 6 months
�� 12-15 months (booster)

Children who weren’t vaccinated at these ages can still get the vaccine. The number of doses needed depends on the child's age.