Last February 23, Mommy Mundo launched PLAY- a disease awareness campaign. I, together with the SoMoms and our kids went to the exclusive event held at Playdium in Fun Ranch. The event talked about Pneumococcal Disease, it may sound like a long and complicated term, but learning was made fun through an activity called Protection, Love, and Activities for Young Kids or P.L.A.Y.
Pneumococcal diseases include invasive ones also known as IPD such as meningitis, sepsis, bacteremia, and pneumonia, and other common diseases such as acute otitis media (middle ear infection).
Acute Otitis Media (AOM), more commonly known as an infection of the middle ear, causes twenty million doctor visits annually. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) it is the most common reason for antibiotic treatment in infants and young children. A fever, headache, cough, irritability, and pain in the ears are common symptoms of this disease. AOM is also highly preventable through vaccination.
We were treated to an afternoon of learning as Dr. Carmina delos Reyes shared her knowledge when it comes to babies’ first year of life. Here are some things you should know about vaccination and Pneumococcal disease.
Aside from learning about the Pneumococcal diseases, we also had fun doing activities with other moms and their kids.
Coloring, puzzle and guess the answer were some of the activities that day. It was a fun, informative day for both moms and kids.
The SoMoms are P.L.A.Y advocates.
I am an advocate of P.L.A.Y.
There are a lot of discussions when it comes to vaccines. I remember having a fair share of anxiety even before I was pregnant to both my kids as to whether we’ll have them vaccinated or not. To be honest I have never done any full comprehensive research about vaccinations. I grew up believing that it is better to have kids vaccinated than risk getting diseases. My advice to parents who are not sure what to do is to research and talk to your doctor. It’s your right to choose whether you want your child vaccinated or not. When it comes to your children, it is you who decides.
What’s your take on vaccination?
Thank you Michelle of My Mom-Friday for some of the photos.