Vaccination Diaries

July 2013

Last Sunday, we, together with my mother went to Thai Shen Family Clinic for vaccination in Baby Gillian. In fact, we were one week late in getting her vaccination done as she was done with cough and flu the previous week. As usual, before vaccination, we had our vegetarian white beehoon from the Blk 85 market. Awesome stuff!

While we were waiting for our turn, I looked through Dr Cheong’s fees and found out that Dr Cheong’s consultation fees are possibly the most competitive in the East. For short consultations, her charges are $10 for kids and $12 for adults. Wow! That is real reasonable, considering most GPs in Pasir Ris charges $25 for adults for short consultations! She is one doctor who definitely serves the public. Max love her!

Despite how we only visit her clinic for vaccinations, she remembers us and our children by their names! On top of that, she is really good and friendly with Ryan and Baby Gillian. Dr Cheong is also patient in explaining to us what are the types of vaccination that we were getting for Baby Gillian and why they are important.  Before the vaccination, we weighed Gillian and found that she had gained 600 grams in 1 month. Currently, she is weighing at 5.5kg. Yay! Dr Cheong said that it was a good weight gain as it is 10% more than her previous weight. (Breastfeeding is sort of like a liposuction machine for me. Totally need Baby Gillian to suck out more fats from my flabby body! Go Gillian go!)

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(Here’s Ryan, entertaining himself with the box of sweets that Dr Cheong passed to him)

That Sunday, she had her first oral dosage of Rotarix and also a shot of Prevnar. The vaccination against the Rotavirus will be completed in 2 oral dosages. I suppose the medication tasted quite pleasant as Baby Gillian did not resist it at all. The vaccine protects against  Rotavirus, the leading cause of severe diarrhea in babies and young children. The virus causes severe diarrhea, fever, vomiting, dehydration, and sometimes death. It’s extremely contagious, spreading easily through ordinary person-to-person contact. Good hygiene and sanitation do not effectively stop  Rotavirus disease, so immunization is the best defense.

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(Baby Ryan, protecting his baby sister like a hawk!)

There are 4 doses of Prevnar to be taken and it can help protect babies against invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD) caused by the 13 strains in the vaccine. Pneumococcal meningitis is a serious form of invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD). It can cause brain damage, hearing loss, and is sometimes fatal. Infants and toddlers are recommended to receive all 4 doses of Prevnar by the time they are 15 months old. If the baby receives less than 4 doses of Prevnar, his or her immune response may be lower during the time of greatest risk.

Baby Gillian and her Rotarix jab moment. It was painful but thank goodness, Dr Cheong was really quick and professional.

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(Jab time. Baby Gillian, totally unaware!)

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(Big bro, Ryan in action- comforting Baby Gillian!)

So, that is all for vaccination diaries. Baby Gillian did suffer 2 days of fever after the jabs but all is good now. Will try to blog more as I have way too many back-dated entries. *sigh* I have been really busy because of my domestic helper episode. I have been a SAHM without a helper for 6 days and yes, I have survived. Really impressed with myself. Heehee.

I am out!

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