Kit boy has actually due for his DTP/Polio/HIB & Hepatitis B (6-in-1) booster jab on 19 September 2009 but we only for it today. Due to the long Hari Raya holiday break (Dr. Yek’s clinic was not opened from 20 September to 22 September 2009), so we have decided to procrastinate it as we were afraid that our poor boy might develop high fever after the jab and need to seek doctor’s consultation.

Before this, Kit boy already had his first 3 doses last year on 24 May 2008, 28 June 2008 and 24 August 2008 which cost us RM130.00 per jab. The following are those diseases that Kit boy should be well protected from after taken his final booster jab.

Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis (DTP)
Diphtheria can lead to breathing problems, paralysis, heart failure and death. Tetanus (lockjaw) can lead to the locking of the jaw preventing a victim from opening his mouth or swallowing. It leads to death in one out of ten cases. Pertussis (whooping cough) can lead to pneumonia, seizures (jerking and starting spells), brain damage and death.

Poliomyelitis (Polio)
Polio can strike at any age, but affects mainly children under 3 years. It is a highly infectious viral disease which invades the nervous system, and can cause paralysis (can’t move arms or legs). It can lead to death with the paralysis of the muscles that help breathing.

Haemophilus Influenzae Type B (HIB) Disease
HIB disease usually strikes children under 5 years of age. HIB may cause a variety of diseases such as meningitis (inflammation of the coverings of the spinal column and brain), blood stream infections, pneumonia, joint and bone infections and other infections. There are six different serotypes of Haemophilus Influenzae, but type B causes most of the illness caused by this bacterium.

Hepatitis B
Hepatitis B is caused by the Hepatitis B virus (HBV) that attacks the liver. It can cause lifelong infection, cirrhosis (scarring) of the liver, liver cancer, liver failure, and death. About 600,000 people die from hepatitis B each year despite the disease being preventable. A high proportion of these deaths occur in South East Asia and the Western Pacific region.

Again Kit boy was crying out loudly when the jab was given but that last for only a short while. This would be Kit boy final jab for this year and the next one will be his 1st dose of Hepatitis A vaccination scheduled to be taken on 19 March 2010 (when he is two years old). Besides the vaccination, Kit boy also had his 18th months check up and according to Dr. Yek, everything is in order including his weight and height measuring at 11.375kg and 87cm respectively. Therefore, Dr. Yek said that it is not necessary to give Kit boy the Appeton Multivitamin with Lysine as recommended by some of my forum friends at this point of time. However, I would like to thank my MP forum buddies for the recommendation. Meanwhile, Dr. Yek has given us the green light to introduce rice (soft) to our boy.

After payment was made, the nurse gave me 7 sachets of EnfaGrow A+ formula milk samples together with a bottle of the fever medicine. Kit boy developed mild fever (@ 37.6) on the same day and after taken the medicine, he has fully recovered.

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