The Vaccine That Saved My Money And Health

Dramatic as it may sound it’s true.

Last Saturday I was privileged to attend a Anti- Flu Awareness and Prevention Seminar through the efforts of Sanofi Pasteur. (who works with the government’s Stop Flu campaign) in cooperation with Nuffnang Philippines and I would say that it was worth it health-wise and money-wise.

Aside from the side benefits of meeting fellow parent bloggers like Jenni, Mauie, Beth, Jeff, Naomi, Nitz, and Dine with their kids, I was able to get a free anti-flu vaccine for myself, which will cost me around P1,500 to 2,300 per shot if I’ll get it somewhere else. What a treat right? I get to be healthy and protected and at the same time I get to save thousands of pesos!

I don’t wanna look I’m afraid of the needle!

They asked me to bring my daughter but because I was having apprehensions whether the vaccine will cause complications or conflict with the mood suppressant medicine my daughter is taking (for her seizures) I opt not to bring her and consult with her pediatrician first and the experts who will be present at the seminar.

Dr. Ruby Mendoza-Dizon

Dr. Ruby Mendoza-Dizon, Medical Director of Sanofi Pasteur Phils., and the one who conducted the lecture about influenza, assured me that the anti-flu vaccine will not cause any complications with anyone taking special medications. In fact the vaccine is highly recommend for those with certain chronic medical conditions like those who are asthmatic, diabetic and those who are under treatment for their kidney and liver diseases.

Senior citizens (50 years and above) , children 6 months to five years , health care workers and everyone who has children around the house or working with children should also get the vaccine.

Dr. Mendoza-Dizon said everyone should get the vaccine unless you are proven to be allergic of eggs. “Those who can tolerate small amounts of egg (like able to eat Palabok, which is known to have egg as an ingredient) can get the vaccine. It means they are not really allergic to eggs.” she said.

“Why eggs you ask. It’s because the vaccine is cultivated inside the egg so it is likely the vaccine has some egg contents in it,” the doctor explained.

I know some of you would ask is an anti-flu vaccine really important? Not everyone gets the flu shot and survived. But did you know that influenza is the 5th leading cause of death here in the Philippines and that is just a moderate estimate since our health statistics here in the country is not that active.

Influenza is not just a simple cold with fever  we are so used to and easily survive after getting enough rest, self-medication with the over-the-counter medicines like paracetamol.

The difference with the is the symptom is more severe, aside from the fever ranging from 38 to 40 degree Celsius, runny nose and soar-throat, aching muscles and joints, dry cough, restless sleep, chills and shivering, headache, a person inflicted with flu will feel very weak to be able to function normally, there is also a chance to vomit or have diarrhea that causes dehydration.

Although there was no proof yet Dr. Mendoza-Dizon contemplated a link between the deaths declared to be complications of pneumonia, one of the leading cause of death in the country today. Since flu attacks someone with a weak immune system and pneumonia is infections and complications of the respiratory system. Come to think of it I remember my doctor told me my dad died because of complications in the lungs including pneumonia so I was thinking maybe there was really a link.

“Complications of flu can include bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections, dehydration and worsening of chronic medical conditions such as congestive heart failure, asthma or diabetes,” the doctor said which means flu is indeed life threatening.

However, there are ways to prevent getting infected with the flu like having a well balanced diet, regular exercise, adequate rest, a good hygiene, and isolating yourself with those who are exhibiting the symptom.

But since influenza is a contagious respiratory viral illness that can hit you at any given time and is not treatable with antibiotics, getting an anti-flu vaccine is the single best way to protect you from the virus each year.

Why each year? There are two reasons, first because flu viruses change from year to year which means you can get the flu more than once during your lifetime so the immunity that you had from having the flu caused by one strain doesn’t always provide protection when a new strain comes.

Second, a vaccine made against flu viruses circulating last year may no longer protect against the new viruses that will circulate this year. That is why the vaccine is updated every year.

The best time to get the anti-flu shot is preferably from February to June here in the Philippines. “The Southern Hemisphere vaccine which is made available starting February of each year is recommended to cover the expected increase in influenza activity from June to November,” Dr. Mendoza-Dizon said.

Vaxigrip, the one they used for us in the seminar is on of the best anti-flu vaccine available today, that is proven safe and effective and has less adverse effects unlike other brands.(Adverse effects may include fever and soreness of the arms where the vaccine was injected)

However don’t expect to get protected right away, the vaccine would need two weeks to take effect before the antibodies will work. So it is important to get a vaccinated as early as possible. 

I was impressed with Ms. Beth, the one who gave us the shot. I had vaccines  in the past, and I must admit I am afraid of needles. However, she did it so well and I didn’t feel that much pain or soreness of my arms unlike before.

My journey together with other parents and kids to be get the vaccine and be immunized:

Jed son of Jenni and Jeff the bravest of all to take the first shot!
“I don’t want anymore!” the needle scared him, had to sit on dads lap.

Awwww!


Now the other kids are afraid!


Toddlers, teens, daddies, mommies and even yaya’s should get the vaccine to be protected!
The mommies, daddies, kids and Nuffies are now protected from flu!

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11 Comments

  1. This is really nice. I was about to take this vaccine too but when I inquired about the price. oh my gosh, i told my doctor that i would just take extra precautions na lang. LOL.

  2. I missed this also! I got an invite thru email and text but my kid has a school avtivity. sayang talaga!

  3. I missed this also! I got an invite thru email and text but my kid has a school avtivity. sayang talaga!

  4. Caccination is the best way to prevent diseases. you can save much more than leaving your kids unshielded with these shots. Hospitalization is very expensive “magastos magkasakit”. My kids are due with their shots for meningocoele. Complete your child vaccination, it’s important to be protected to be healthy.

  5. Nice post. Even here in Denmark where we have a functioning social health system.Where we don’t pay for consultation, getting pregnant thru test tube,hospitalization,and children vaccination are free but flu vaccine isn’t free. I would love to have free shot coz its so expensive here.
    In the cold countries is so easy to catch cold and flu. Right now there’s a lot who has flu but this time is a different strain na.It’s a bad habit taking antibiotic kahit ubo o sipon lang its not good it doesn’t help unless it is bacterial infection.I was fighting with the doctors when I was new here to give me something but rest and lots of medicines is just what you need thats what they said. Well I appreciate it now.
    Now about the flu I think I have to save to get a shot soon.
    btw thanks for the add

  6. yay…sayang!!! =( but then thanks tlga earthly for inviting me. I am touched! =) thanks!!! =) hope you could still invite me with some LIBREng bakuna heheheh =)thanks!!!!

  7. ah, now i remember you, you were seated at the last row. sayang we couldn’t stay for lunch, i was worried about our driver kasi, baka gutom na din, we finished mga 12:30 na rin kasi

  8. Oo nga KCee sayang … the flu shot was worth it… next event nalang ulit 🙂

  9. Too bad I wasn’t able to come. I had to work that day. It would’ve been fun to meet other Nuffnangers too. 🙂

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