Sen Mendiola


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Mom Share: Vaccines and Costs from 0 to 4 Years

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
— Benjamin Franklin

Are you a first time parent starting to think about vaccines, among thousands things? Or are you planning to have a baby soon and would like to take peek on the expenses waiting for you?

When I had my first child, one of my top priority is her health and immunization. As much I want to, I know that I could not protect her alone from viruses and diseases - vaccination is a non negotiable, informed choice.

Scouting the internet for answers can be overwhelming. The list of things that we need to know is never-ending and we're hoping someone will publish a parenting manual! Right?! I may not have the answer to all your questions but at least I can take one from your plate: childhood immunization.

I would like to share with you the list of vaccines that my child received from birth to date, what they are for and their costs. My hope is to help you go through this part of childcare more easily, by having an access to information that I wish I had before.  

Common Vaccines

  • BCG (Bacille Calmette-Guérin) - protects against tuberculosis

  • Varicella Vaccine - protect against chickenpox

  • DTaP Vaccine - combines protection against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis.

  • Haemophilus influenzae Type b Conjugate Vaccine (Hib) - protects against Haemophilus influenzae type b

  • Hepatitis A Vaccine (HAV) - protects against hepatitis A

  • Hepatitis B Vaccine (HBV) - protects against hepatitis B

  • Flu Vaccine - protects against influenza

  • Measles-Mumps-Rubella Vaccine (MMR) - combines protection against measles, mumps, and rubella

  • Inactivated Poliovirus Vaccine (IPV) - protects against polio

  • Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV) - protects against disease caused by the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae

  • Rotavirus Vaccine (RV) - protects against rotavirus

  • Japanese Encephalitis Vaccine (JE) - protects against Japanese encephalitis that can cause encephalitis (inflammation of the brain), which can be deadly

  • Measles Vaccine - protection against measles

  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella, and Varicella Vaccine (MMRV) - combines protection against measles, mumps, rubella and chickenpox

  • Meningococcal Vaccine - can help prevent meningococcal disease, which is any type of illness caused by Neisseria meningitidis bacteria

Vaccines Timeline and Costs

And now the reality: timeline and costs. I created this infographic-like for easy presentation of our child's immunization timeline, her age at the time of vaccination, the cost of each vaccines and the total expenses within the given period.

Take these as a heads up or tip from one parent to another. :) 

Disclaimer: The information shared on this blog is from our personal experience as parents and should not be taken as a professional advice. The type of vaccines and schedules might be different from one pediatrician to another. I recommend that you do additional research or talk to your doctor. 


Did You Know?

In the Philippines, we have an Extended Program on Immunization (EPI) which aims to give Filipinos, particularly infants and their mothers, access to routine immunization at health centers and government hospitals, free of cost. And through Republic Act No. 10152, the mandatory basic immunization now covers the following vaccine-preventable diseases:

  • Tuberculosis

  • Diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis

  • Poliomyelitis

  • Measles

  • Mumps

  • Rubella or German measles

  • Hepatitis-B

  • H. Influenza type B (Hib)

Although we personally didn't utilize this benefit, it is nice to know that we have this program to ensure that most infants have a healthy start in life.

Which scares you the most? The amount of vaccines your child needs or the costs? For us, its both! Let me know your thoughts in the comment section below. :)