Doctors give certain vaccinations for children right after birth. Some are given in the succeeding months or first years of their life. Remember, it is always best to consult medical professionals for the ideal time to vaccinate your child.
Some of the vaccinations require just one shot. However, some shots will require your child to get a booster shot. A booster shot is a succeeding dose of the vaccine that boosts the immune system.
The given DOH immunization schedule is made by the Philippine Foundation for Vaccination, Pediatric Infectious Disease Society of the Philippines, and the Philippine Pediatric Society. These 13 vaccines aim to ensure that Filipino children will be as safe as possible from potential outbreaks, such as the recent measles outbreak.
It is important to note that every child may have slightly different needs. If you have any concerns or questions about vaccination for children, especially if your child has other illnesses or conditions, consult your pediatrician.
How You Can Prepare Your Child
Having infants vaccinated can be simple since they are not afraid (or even aware) of needles. However, when kids are 2 years old and above, they may develop a fear or aversion to getting their shots.
We suggest that you be honest about what will happen to your child before they get their shot. You want to avoid unnecessary trauma or trust issues, and being truthful is often the best course. Try to help them understand what vaccinations are and why they are important so they will be willing to get their shots.
For instance, you can tell them they might feel a little pain from the injection. Help them to understand that it is necessary to protect them from getting sick. For infants who cry after the injection, you may gently stroke them to help them with the pain and to calm them down.