Thursday, October 20, 2011

vaccines: DPT

DPT or DTaP includes three vaccine preventable diseases (diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus) that are much common in the Philippines. Fortunately, This comes free in government health centers with the DOH program on EPI (Expanded Program in Immunization).

I had my baby get his shits on the DPT at our local barangay.
The downside is that this type causes fever for about 24 hours. So, paracetamol drops is a must.

The combination vaccine which they mostly refer to as 5 in 1 which includes polio (IPV) and HiB aside from the three mentioned above, and 6 in 1 which adds hepatitis B, allows lesser shots for the baby also, there will be no fever after.
This doesn't come free though nor does it come cheap. But for those with the extra budget and little time, why not??!

Anyway, these succeeding information are again from CDC as with the other vaccine related posts I've made.

Vaccines and Preventable Diseases:

Diphtheria Vaccination
Pronounced (dif-THEER-ee-a)

Diphtheria causes a thick covering in the back of the throat. It can lead to breathing problems, paralysis, heart failure, and even death. There are several combination vaccines used to prevent diphtheria: DTaP, Tdap, DT, and Td.
Diphtheria vaccination

Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Vaccination
Pronounced (per-TUS-iss)

Whooping cough — known medically as pertussis — is a highly contagious respiratory tract infection. Although it initially resembles an ordinary cold, whooping cough may eventually turn more serious, particularly in infants. Whooping cough is most contagious before the coughing starts. The best way to prevent it is through vaccinations. The childhood vaccine is called DTaP. The whooping cough booster vaccine for adolescents and adults is called Tdap. Both protect against whooping cough, tetanus, and diphtheria.
Pertussis vaccination

Tetanus (Lockjaw) Vaccination

Tetanus (lockjaw) is a serious disease that causes painful tightening of the muscles, usually all over the body. It can lead to "locking" of the jaw so the victim cannot open his mouth or swallow. Tetanus leads to death in about 1 in 10 cases. Several vaccines are used to prevent tetanus among children, adolescents, and adults including DTaP, Tdap, DT, and Td.
Tetanus vaccination

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