My son was scratched by a stray cat a few weeks ago. Zaiel’s pedia instructed me that he should be given an anti-rabies vaccine within 24 hours after the scratch. I took my son to Topmed Diagnostics and Animal Bite Center and the cost per vaccine is PhP 550.
My 4-year old preschooler seeks adventure everywhere he goes. He’s also fond of furry animals just like his daddy. One Wednesday morning while I was busy completing a blog post for a client, I heard him cry then I eventually learned about how he got scratched by Timmy (Timmy for “itim“), the stray black cat. It was just a minor scratch, like a small cut, but it was bleeding.
I searched the web for affordable hospitals and clinics that administer free or affordable anti-rabies vaccines. My options were San Lazaro Hospital and Philippine General Hospital (PGH). Both hospitals offer low-cost vaccines (around PhP 500) compared to some private hospitals (PhP 2,000)
My Tito Ely then mentioned that Quezon City Hall offers free anti-rabies vaccines so I’ve decided to go there instead. After finally arriving at the Health Department, we were told that the vaccines were out of stock. Fortunately, a lady vendor outside the City Hall pointed us to a clinic across the Quezon City Health Department.
Topmed Diagnostics and Animal Bite Center is situated along Kalayaan Ave., beside Generika Drugstore and Fersal Inn Hotel. Generika Drugstore and Topmed actually share the same unit so it’s a drugstore, a Diagnostics Lab (pre-employment and annual medical exams), and an animal bite center in one.
Zaiel was checked up first then he was given the vaccine. The doctor will determine whether a patient is for Intradermal regimen (PhP 550) or Intramuscular regimen (PhP 1,500). The intradermal option is similar to a skin test. One vaccine is equal to 2 shots – one on the left arm and the other on the right.
We were given a booklet for my son’s vaccination record.
He completed his 4 shots last May 28. He will only need boosters in the future.
What to do When your Child Gets Bitten or Scratched:
- Wash the affected area with soap and water for 10 minutes. Don’t squeeze [the blood out of] the wound.
- Take him to an animal bite center to get his anti-rabies shots.
- Complete the required number of vaccines.
- Follow-up with your doctor (for boosters).
Ask your doctor for pre-exposure vaccinations for your children, and make sure your pets are vaccinated.
Topmed Diagnostics and Animal Bite Center
132 Kalayaan Ave. Barangay Central Quezon City