04 April 2013

Disease Awareness: I am a Responsible Parent

As a work-out-of-home mom, I made a commitment to myself that attending to Julia's medical needs is my priority.  When she was a newborn until 1 year old, Don and I allotted our vacation leave credits for her medical check-ups.  We even decided to forego our annual out-of-town getaway so we won't exceed our allowable absences from work (a deduction for leave without pay is not practical - pang vaccine, milk and diaper din yun, right?)

So I was really happy to be invited to PLAY.  Yes, PLAY.  Protection, Love, and Activities for Young Kids is a disease awareness campaign launched last February 23, 2013 at the Fun Ranch, Ortigas.  The event was organized by Mommy Mundo and sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline.  It was unfortunate though that we were late very late for the event.  We came from Julia's pediatrician for her pneumococcal vaccine.  We visit Julia's pediatrician on the dates she sets for vaccination shots.  To be honest, one of the reasons why I follow it is because I do not want to regret not doing everything I can to prevent Julia from getting sick.

The challenge in following the vaccination schedule is ensuring that Don and I are both present during Julia's medical check-ups.  Julia's pediatrician informs us the date of our next visit and the schedule of Julia's vaccination for the next 2 months.  We carefully plan our work schedule so that we can block off the date and time.  This also allows us to properly file our request for vacation leave and get approval from our bosses. Some friends think it is not practical that Don and I should always be present in all her pedia visits.  But we still make it happen because we agreed that it is both our responsibility and again, Julia is our priority.

I am so blessed that some vaccines are covered by Don's health insurance.  Some vaccines though, we have to pay in cash.  Because vaccines are not cheap, Don and I make sure that we allocate a budget for Julia's medical needs.  Because we know her vaccination schedule, we can prepare a budget for the expense.  Do not hesitate to ask your pediatrician for the schedule of vaccines for your child.  Aside from preparing for them financially, you will be able to review the schedule, research about these vaccines and more importantly, discuss it with your pediatrician.

Following the schedule and the costs of vaccination may be difficult for us as parents, but I would rather spend time and money on prevention than sacrifice the health of my daughter.  A sick family member is a higher price to pay, both literally and figuratively.  According to the fact sheet that was provided to us during the event, 37 Filipino children die everyday due to pneumonia and 3 out of 4 children will have had at least one episode of AOM before they reach the age of 3.  I am a responsible parent and I will make sure Julia, and my future kids, will not be part of that statistics.

Can I brag a little?  From Julia's first vaccination until the most recent, she has NEVER cried before, during or after the vaccine shot.  Chin up - proud mommy :-)

How do you prepare for your child's vaccination?

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