Monday, September 1, 2008

Getting immune

On Saturday morning Lucas went with me to take his last DPT triple immunization shot. It's his last vaccine as a child, and now he only needs to take a reinforcement shot when he's 15. Thankfully he's a good boy and although hating shots, he kept still while the nurse gave it, only crying once when the needle pierced his little arm (he doesn't know it, but I so hate needles! I use to say that in another life I was a very used voodoo doll...). He spent the whole Sunday with a mild fever as a post-reaction, and the arm aching, poor little thing. But we're applying cold compresses to help releasing the pain and anything is better than being sick.

I'm curious about how the immunization system for children is in other countries. Here we have the National Immunization Program with basically all the vaccines the child needs to take since birth, for free. It's a great thing since there are so many children living in very critical situation, and many parents wouldn't be able to pay for the shots. The Polio oral vaccines, for instance, erradicated children paralysis in Brazil decades ago and the campaign is systematically offered along the year. Lucas already took everything he needed, plus some that are not part of the Program. How is it in your place?

3 comentários:

Anonymous said...

Poor lad.
The polio vaccine was/is great thing. It has saved so much terrible distress.
Frankly I have no idea what goes here in Ireland, I must ask Sinead,our 'not daughter-in-law'.
All shots were free in the UK.

KrisMrsBBradley said...

In the US, you pay for your child's shots. Hopefully you have insurance to help cover them. If not, and you are really low-income, there are government programs to help. If you are simply middle-class and have no insurance, you just have to struggle to do it yourself.

The medical situation in the US really needs an overhaul.

Roan said...

I'm not sure, but I think immunization programs may vary by state in the US. When my daughter started kindergarten in TN, we were told to take her to a clinic. The shots were free to all students. Even farther back, when I was a young girl in Illinois, we were given immunizations free during school hours. The parents merely signed permission slips.