• New Born

    The Dreaded Jabs!

    Knowing the madness that is part of getting vaccinations at the health centers here in Qatar, I made sure I got my appointments well in advance. In fact, I made the appointment for 24 April, on 24 March itself. I was not going to risk not getting an appointment. And considering that I am not insured, I absolutely was not willing to pay thousands of riyals to get it done privately. The difference for the 2-month at a health center and the private I go to is just QR 2200. HA! No, thanks. Anyhow, the two-month vaccinations include Rota1, PCV1, and Hexa. So, that is two shots to the thighs,…

  • New Born

    The BCG Vaccination and its aftermath!

    The BCG Vaccination and its aftermath can be a scary experience but you really don’t need to worry! The BCG vaccination is the one that fights against tuberculosis, and it usually involves a live TB germ being injected into the layers of the skin on the baby’s shoulder. As scary as it sounds, don’t worry. The live sample has been cultured in a lab in such a way that it will not cause the disease in a healthy person, according to Health Guidelines given by the TB Control Program, Department of Health, Western Australia. The BCG vaccination is usually given to babies in Qatar, before they are discharged from the…