Chickenpox vaccine

A friend’s son, Boggs, suffers from the virus and has been missing school for two days.  The varicella booster vaccine for kids ages 5 and above costs P2,000.00 in a private clinic or hospitals.  This is not available in public health centers. Since he was not given a booster vaccine, the likelihood of experiencing a mild case isn’t viable. He was prescribed Acyclovir and topical medicine to help minimize the irritation.

As a guide, I am posting the immunization chart applicable in the Philippines, released by the Department of Health.

Chickenpox is caused by the varicella-zoster virus (VZV). Kids can be protected from VZV by getting the chickenpox (varicella) vaccine.

Anyone who has had chickenpox (or the chickenpox vaccine) as a child is at risk for developing shingles later in life, and up to 20% do. After an infection, VZV can remain inactive in nerve cells near the spinal cord and reactivate later as shingles, which can cause tingling, itching, or pain followed by a rash with red bumps and blisters. Shingles is sometimes treated with antiviral drugs, steroids, and pain medications, and there’s now a shingles vaccine for people 60 and older.

Why the Vaccine Is Recommended

The varicella vaccine prevents severe illness in 95% of children who are immunized. It’s up to 85% effective in preventing mild illness. Vaccinated kids who do get chickenpox generally have a mild case.

Your baby’s age Immunization offered How it is given
At birth or within the first month after birth
(or within the first 12 months after birth for catch up)
Hepatitis B vaccine
(HepB)
First dose
At birth
(or within the first 2 months)
Bacille Calmette-Guérin vaccine
(BCG)
One injection
Around 1 to 2 months old
(or at least four weeks after the first dose)
Hepatitis B vaccine
(HepB)
Second dose
Around 6 weeks to 2 months old Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine
(PCV-7)
First dose
2 months old Diphtheria, tetanus, and whole-cell/acellular pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine
(DTwP / DTaP)
First dose
Oral/Inactivated polio vaccine
(OPV / IPV)
First dose
Haemophilus influenzae type B vaccine
(HiB)
First dose
Rotavirus vaccine First dose
(Depending on the brand, it is administered either in two or three doses, at least four months apart)
4 months old Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine
(PCV-7)
Second dose
Diphtheria, tetanus, and whole-cell/acellular pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine
(DTwP / DTaP)
Second dose
Oral/Inactivated polio vaccine
(OPV / IPV)
Second dose
Haemophilus influenzae type B vaccine
(HiB)
Second dose
6 months old Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine
(PCV-7)
Third dose
Diphtheria, tetanus, and whole-cell/acellular pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine
(DTwP / DTaP)
Third dose
Oral/Inactivated polio vaccine
(OPV / IPV)
Third dose
Haemophilus influenzae type B vaccine
(HiB)
Third dose
Influenza vaccine For those receiving it for the first time, two doses at four weeks apart are required. Since the flu virus changes from year to year, an annual vaccination is recommended.
Around 6 to 8 months old Oral/Inactivated polio vaccine
(OPV / IPV)
Third dose
Around 6 to 18 months old Hepatitis B vaccine
(HepB)
Third dose
Around 9 to 12 months old Measles, mumps and rubella (German measles) vaccine
(MMR)
First dose•
12 months old Hepatitis A vaccine
(HepA)
First dose
Around 12 to 15 months old Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine
(PCV-7)
Fourth dose
Around 12 to 18 months old Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine First dose
Around 15 to 18 months old Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine booster shot
(PCV-7 booster)
First dose
Diphtheria, tetanus, and whole-cell/acellular pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine booster shot
(DTwP / DTaP booster)
First dose
Oral/Inactivated polio vaccine booster shot
(OPV / IPV booster)
First dose
Haemophilus influenzae type B vaccine booster shot
(HiB booster)
First dose
Around 18 to 24 months old Hepatitis A vaccine
(HepA)
Second dose••
2 years old Typhoid vaccine One injection
Meningococcal vaccine One injection
Around 4 to 6 years old Diphtheria, tetanus, and whole-cell/acellular pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine booster shot
(DTwP / DTaP booster)
Second dose•••
Oral/Inactivated polio vaccine booster shot
(OPV / IPV booster)
Second dose
Measles, mumps and rubella (German measles) vaccine
(MMR)
Second dose
Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine Second dose

• In case of outbreaks, MMR can be given as early as 6 months old.
•• The second dose of the HepA vaccine is given six to 12 months after the first dose.
••• A third dose of DTwP / DTaP booster is given beyond the age 6 years old, and then every 10 years thereafter.

Next week will be another set of good, warm,  and challenging days.  Hope you’re gonna enjoy your weekend! 🙂

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