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First Jabs for DP 2007/07/12

Posted by Mummy Ruth in Baby, Health.

David Paul’s ‘Two Month Jabs’ had been scheduled for today, however, it’s not the same as with Olivia (back on 5th may 2005), because her immunisations were for Diphtheria / Tetanus / Whooping Cough / Polio in her right leg and Hib /Men C in her left leg, whereas David Paul got marked down as having DTP, Hib and Polio in his left leg, and just PCV in his right leg.

DTP is a mixture of three vaccines — immunising against Diphtheria, Pertussis (whooping cough) and Tetanus, and PCV is Pneumococcus (or Streptococcus pneumoniae) — in February 2006 the UK government announced that it would introduce a new vaccination program with the conjugate vaccine in children aged 2, 4 and 13 months starting from 04 September 2006 as part of a general change in childhood vaccinations. So Olivia got her PCV on 17th November 2006 (see Another Jab and Winter’s Here).

From this link: http://www.meningitis.org/disease-info/vaccines/change-to-the-immunisation-programme-in-the-uk I discovered that it is mainly to do with meningitis prevention. There’s a PDF of more details for us here in Scotland from:

I can’t say that I was informed about any changes. I saw nothing on the news and no-one seemed to bother to make it clear that my baby’s jabs would be any different from his big sister’s. Not that I would have denied DP the protection, I am just commenting on the lack of information.

Anyway, he was a brave boy, and Olivia was very supportive of her wee brother.


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