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I am confused about the vaccination that are mandatory to a new born child and I came to know every month a child has to get vaccination like rotavirus ,hep,polio,etc.so as a salaried person need to know what all vaccinations are required and can it know what all these vaccination cost per dose

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Hi Varun,

Your anxiety is understandable, since in recent years many new vaccines have come up. With addition of new vaccines in the schedule, the cost goes up. However, I must tell you that vaccines have been shown to be most cost-effective intervention in the long run. The cost of hospitalization and medicines is much much more than the cost of vaccines for a salaried person or otherwise. Add to this the "indirect cost" (missing office by parents, loss of school days and activity, psychological impact on the child and parents both) . Not to mention the "pricelessness" of human life (most of vaccine preventable diseases are life-threatening.

That said, I would also like to inform you that there are more vaccines in first few months of age, after 3.5 months, the vaccines are NOT every month and the cost is also less. After 2 years of age, vaccination is roughly once in 3-5 years.

There is no point informing all the cost of vaccines, first, because cost of vaccines is gradually coming down. What cost  tell you today may not be valid tomorrow. Hepatitis B vaccine that was available for Rs. 3000 when it was launched is now the cost has come down to Rs. 50-100 per dose only. Secondly, although the "cost" of vaccine is same across India, the doctor's fee is variable.

If there is any specific "confusion" related to any vaccine schedule, please write back; I would be happy to answer.


Best wishes,
Dr. Puneet Kumar,
Kumar Child Clinic, Dwarka,
New Delhi, India

+91-9818356846, +91-11-45535647

www.KumarChildClinic.com

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Expertise

I would be happy to answer general queries on prevention and treatment of ailments in newborn, infant, toddler, child or an adolescent. Needless to say, it will not be possible to answer any query requiring specific diagnosis of a particular subject.

Experience

I have worked in various capacities (medical officer, resident, senior resident, consultant) in public as well as private sector in Pediatrics and Neonatology. Today, I have over 15 years of experience in the field.

Organizations
Currently, I am running my own clinic (Kumar Child Clinic) in Dwarka, New Delhi and am attached to Lifeline Hospital, Dwarka as consultant pediatrics and neonatology. I am also developing my clinic website into a comprehensive child health/ parenting website (http://www.kumarchildclinic.com)

Publications
(a) Chapter "National Immunization Schedule" in Frontiers of Social Pediatrics, Jaypee Publishers: 2nd edition, 2016. (b) Article, "All about Pertussis vaccines" in special issue of Indian Journal of Practical Pediatrics, July-Sept 2015 (c) Three chapters (DTP vaccines, Pneumococcal vaccines and Poliovirus vaccines) in "Textbook of Pediatrics for Post-graduates" First edition: 2015. (c) Chapter: "Alternative delivery methods of vaccines" in IAP textbook of Vaccines, First edition, 2014 (published by IAP/ Jaypee Brothers) (d) Special Article: "50 years of Immunization in India: Progress and Future" in January 2013 issue of Indian Pediatrics (e) Four chapters in "FAQ: Book on Vaccines and Immunization Practices" First edition, 2011 AND 2nd edition, 2015 published by Jaypee Brothers. (f) Three articles in special issue of Journal of Pediatric Sciences on “Controversies and Challenges in Pediatric Vaccination Today" in Sept, 2010. Co-edited the series also. http://www.pediatricsciences.com/issue/view/1050000010 (f) Regular column, “How do I treat” in Pediascene (www.pediascene.com) (g) Review article, “Role of Anti-Poliovirus Agents in Polio eradication and beyond” in Polio Pulse, April, 2008. (h) Chapter on “Acute Infectious Diarrhea” in Textbook of Infectious Diseases in Children. (An IAP Publication), 2007. 2nd edition in 2011. (i) Book-Review (IAP Pediatric Drug Formulary, 2004) in Pediascene, March 2005 (http://www.pediascene.com/page.php?cid=6&catid=9&id=132 ) (j) Case-report on Osteopetrosis. Jharkhand Journal of Pediatrics, Dec-2002.

Education/Credentials
After MBBS, I have done DNB residency in Pediatrics.

Awards and Honors
Winner of IAP practising pediatrician's quiz in 2001.

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