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Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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User :   Hello Doctor
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :  
How can I help you?
User :   i have a son around 50 days old
Doctor :  
Ok
User :   we have taken care of all vaccinations so far
User :   as per our regular consultant doctor
Doctor :  
Ok
User :   last week he suggested us to go for a Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine for ouy boy
Doctor :  
Ok
User :   and he said it costs around 4000 rs
User :   may i know how far it is compulsory or suggested
Doctor :  
Yes, it is a costly one
Doctor :  
Have you got it done?
User :   not yet
Doctor :  
Ok
User :   supposed to take on next monday
User :   one of my friend suggested that its not really necessary in indian conditions
Doctor :   Ok

User :   whats your suggestion on that to me?
Doctor :  
Yes not of that much importance in healthy individuals
Doctor :  
It is an optional one
Doctor :   Not a mandatory one
Doctor :  
If given has to be at 6,10 and 14 weeks ideally
Doctor :  
and then a booster at around 15-18 months
Doctor :  
That is the normal schedule
User :   what are the deseases that may cause becoz of not having it
Doctor :  
Pneumonia is the disease to be prevented
Doctor :  
There are more than 80 different types of pneumococcus bacteria-23 of these are covered in the current vaccination.
User :   is the vaccination single dose costs around 4000 or all doses together
Doctor :  
Give me a minute
Doctor :  
I will check it and let you know
Doctor :  
One dose costs Rs.4000
User :   ooops
Doctor :  
I do agree that it is a very costly one
User :   what is the percentage of people affecting to Pnemonia in India?
Doctor :   Let me explain you
Doctor :  
The Pneumonia we see in India is due to bacterial infection as well
Doctor :  
And Pneumonia is usually a complication of other diseases
Doctor :  
And this particular Pneumococcus strain infection is not severe in India
Doctor :  
So you need not worry much about that
User :   k...
Doctor :  
So, how do you want to go about it?
User :   only worry is about its cost
Doctor :  
Yes
Doctor :  
But it is not much required for Indian scenario
Doctor :  
as the strains in the vaccine is not prevalent in India
User :   what will be the severety of pnemonia if affected?
User :   will it can be cured?
Doctor :   Yes
Doctor :  
Pneumonia is curable
Doctor :  
No need to worry on that
User :   oh...good to know that
Doctor :  
Timely check ups with your Pediatrician will prevent it
Doctor :  
If early treatment is given there is no problem at all
Doctor :  
As it is only a complication many a times
Doctor :  
So if you take care of the health of the child(which you need to do even after vaccinating) there is no need to worry
User :   oh..
Doctor :  
It is not prevalent like Hepatitis B/Measles/TB
User :   k
Doctor :  
So, I suggest you not to worry too much on that
Doctor :  
Talk to your pediatrician
User :   k..thx
Doctor :  
regarding this,
Doctor :  
Its value and requirement
Doctor :  
And then come to a decision
Doctor :  
No need to have dilemma
User :   k
Doctor :  
Is there any thing else I can help you with?
User :   i have one more query
Doctor :   Sure
User :   is there a way to avoid snoring?
Doctor :  
For whom is the problem?
User :   for me
User :   i am aged 32
Doctor :  
Ok
Doctor :   May I know your height and weight?
User :   height is 5'9"
User :   weight 82kgs
Doctor :   Ok

Doctor :  
In what position do you sleep?
Doctor :  
Like sideways/on back/on stomach
User :   stomach most of the times and on back and sideways less
Doctor :  
Ok
User :   i snore a lot when sleep on back
Doctor :  
Sleeping sideways will be the key
Doctor :  
Yes, because your throat will be compressed while sleeping on the back
Doctor :  
So there will be congestion and thus snoring
User :   k
User :   is just position matters?
Doctor :  
Also a Good aerobic exercise is essential
Doctor :  
Anything like Brisk Walking, Jogging, Cycling
Doctor :  
That will tune the respiratory pathways to a better extent
User :   i doesnt used to do these
Doctor :  
Ok
User :   so some exercise will avoid it?
Doctor :  
Yes
Doctor :  
It will help
Doctor :  
Try these measures and get back to me after 10 days
User :   sure
Doctor :  
Is there any thing else you want to know?
User :   thats it for now doctor
Doctor :  
Please fill the feedback form say done when done.
User :   thx for your patience
Doctor :   I would like you to update your mobile no. in your account
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