Posted by Marie W. on September 15, 2003 at 11:25:55:
In Reply to: Meningitis vaccine posted by Nicole K on September 15, 2003 at 10:59:23:
: My son just turned a year and his doctor has asked if we want to get the meningits vaccine (Haemophilus b conjugate vaccine) for him as well as the Chickenpox vaccine. These are both optional and are not covered by our provincial Health Plan which is not an issue since my husband has a great drug plan with his employer.
: I am more concerned with any side effects that he may experience with the meninigitis vaccine as it is fairly new I think.
: Have any other parents had their babies vaccinated for Meningitis? If so, did your baby experience negative side effects and if not, why did you choose not to have your baby vaccinated?
I have already given my son Prevnar and Menjugate. I know OHIP doesn't cover them, but the benefits far outweigh the costs or side effects. Luckily for me too, my husband's drug plan picked up the tab. I spoke to a friend of ours who is a doctor and he said that the only reason these vaccinations have not been made mandatory under OHIP is because of their high costs. He strongly recommended giving them.