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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Barangay Health Center Basics: How to get Baby Vaccines for free at your Barangay Health Center

As a practical mom, I'd like to give what's best for my baby while also saving up. Getting vaccinations can be quite expensive especially if you buy it from your pediatricians. If you have not yet heard about getting free vaccines in health centers then I suggest you read on.

M.Dela Cruz Barangay Health Center in Pasay City

Reception. This is where you get your number and where the nurses ask for basic info about your baby.

Weighing and measuring the length of baby for nurse's record.

Patiently waiting in line.
As soon as I got pregnant, my husband and I already decided to get all of our baby's vaccines in the health center. This is because all (well, almost all) barangay health centers offer vaccinations for free. We originally wanted to get all his shots in Bulacan where we live thinking that there might be more vaccines there because few people in our place actually knew there are free in our health centers. Unfortunately, the vaccines there were only limited and we couldn't fit the schedule of vaccinations with our working schedule. That is when we decided to transfer to Pasay where my husband lives. Luckily they have more supplies and they do vaccinations everyday. Until now that my son is 9months old we are still availing of the free vaccines there. 

What to remember when getting vaccines from barangay health center:
1. Always bring your barangay health card. No health card, no vaccination. This is because the schedule of the vaccines are written there. This also serves as a guide to the nurses and doctors.

2. Be prepared to wait in line. If you don't want to wait in line, come early so you'll be the first one to be served. What we do is we arrive 30 minutes before 8am so we can get our number.
Vaccines are very important for babies to complete in their first year.

3. Come to your scheduled day and time.  It is necessary to come in your scheduled date because the shots are sometimes for a number of babies only. For example, a measles shot is to be done in scheduled because once it's opened it should be used as soon as possible.

4. Be patient. Some barangay health workers can be agitated or irritated at times, but its because they have so much work that they also get stressed. When they snap at you, let it go and calm down.

5. Bring your essentials like fan, food, and water. Just to be prepared bring these essentials because the health center can be a little hot and crowded.

6. Remember that only breastfeeding is allowed in the health center. If you must formula feed, please step out of the center and come back as soon as your baby is finished. This is a policy of health centers and so we must be mindful of it.

Note that only a vaccines for the first year of the baby is provided for by the health centers. Other vaccines are given in private hospitals. Here are the free vaccines in health centers:
1. BCG
2. DPT
3. OPV
4. Hepatitis B
5. Measles

So, if you want to save up but get the same vaccines for your babies, check out health centers near you!:)

1 comment:

  1. May araw po ba ang pagbabakuna sa mga bata ? Do they also give 5 in 1 vaccine?



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