Baby Vaccinations in Hsinchu – Part 2
So to take off from where I left off last post, today I finally got my little girls four months vaccinations done… or at least some of them.
Around 8:40 am, alone with my daughter, I hopped on the number 1 bus from Guang-fu Rd. I was feeling quite nervous about the language barrier. Thankfully, my friend L called the Public Health Centre in advance to tell them I was coming. She texted me while I was en route saying that they were eager to have me. She gave me the name of someone to ask for if I needed assistance.
When I got off at the bus stop, I noticed that it was the same stop I had gotten off at to go to Big City Mall. This sense of recognition in my new home put me slightly at ease.
The Public Health Centre
The Public Health Centre was not even a five minute walk away from the stop, which in Taiwan summer heat, was a bonus.
Once I entered, I relaxed. It didn’t have the hectic feel of the hospital. In fact there were only two other families waiting for vaccinations. The lady at reception did not speak English, so I showed her my text message and she called for her colleague who spoke English. This staff member explained the scheduling here in Taiwan and how they were going to accommodate Daphne. She explained that Hepatitis B is very important here in Taiwan. She also mentioned that although Baby Daphne has been vaccinated against Meningitis, that there is a Japanese strain here that they vaccinate against. So it is up to us to decide if we want her to be vaccinated against that.
Before receiving her shots, Daphne met quickly with the pediatrician. He listened to her heart and lungs and did some tapping on her tummy. That was it. No questions. I was a little surprised at that and at the fact that they didn’t even weigh her or check her height. After that my little champion received two shots.
What’s to come…
Next week I have to take her to the hospital for a Rota virus shot, the following month she needs another vaccine and then again in November for the six-month shots. It’s a little intense, but they seem to know what they are doing. One thing I do like here is that before getting the vaccine ready they show you the label and have you verify the name and expiry date. Apparently this is done because there had been some instances where babies had been given the wrong or expired vaccinations! I’m glad they have put measures in place now to keep this from happening.
Overall, I was really pleased with this experience. I will definitely come here from now on rather than the hospital, if I can avoid it.
As a newcomer to this country and city I feel like this experience – The “Getting My Baby Vaccinated Abroad” Experience has toughened me up a little. When the next hurdle comes my way and I might just respond with a confident “Ya…I got this!”