We brought Kenji boy for pneumococcal vaccination last saturday. This vaccination is not available in government hospital, hence we went back to our pediatrician for the administration of the vaccination. To those who do not have an idea on pneumococal vaccination, it is a method of preventing a specific type of lung infection (pneumonia) that is caused by Pneumococcus bacterium. There are more than 80 different types of pneumococcus bacteria-23 of these are covered in the current vaccination. The vaccine is injected into the body to stimulate the normal immune system to produce antibodies that are directed against pneumococcus bacteria. You can read more about it here.
We arrived at the Ipoh Specialist hospital around 8am, a little bit earlier to prevent the crowd. We registered Kenji boy’s name, and wait for our turn. Kenji boy who cannot stand still run around the hospital happily, checking around every corners and bump into some people as well. I repeatedly told him that we are coming for an injection, to mentally prepare him for the vaccination later. Probably he still couldn’t understand the meaning of injection though he have gone through various type of vaccination since he was born. I let him run around, while following him closely behind.
Time is up and it was our turn. I carried him up and told him again that we are going for an injection. There will be slight pain but it will be fast. He gave me a confused look as we walked into the doctor’s room. The moment he see the doctor, he burst into tears. He must have remember the doctor quite well. He has been seeing this doctor since he was born. The doctor looked calm, asked my wifey and nurse to hold him tight, and voila the injection was done in less than a minute.
My poor boy. He continued to cry, and I have to carry him out of the room while wifey talks to the doctor. I try to put him onto the ground to see whether he is still interested to run around. He refused and clung on me tightly like a little koala bear. There are a few more vaccinations to go. I hope the repeated vaccinations would not traumatized him from seeing a doctor in the future.