Finally, I managed to find a clinic to do vaccination! So much things happening in my life now that I hardly have time to transcript all. But of course, a recap will compensate that. Anyway, to cut the story short; this injection is an essential one A.S.A.P. as the scheduled boarding period is merely less than 3 months time!
So, I went to Rawang first – settling some unfinished businesses and then went to Poliklinik Dr Faizal opposite CIMB Rawang. I love it there because Dr. Faizal is a friendly and cheerful practitioner. Unfortunately, the attendant said no more stocks. OK, I was startled. AND I can’t simply go to any clinics as this injection is affiliated with Islamic ritual; so non-Moslem health practitioners might not offer this injection in their clinics! Damn! On the way heading back to Serendah, I saw Poliklinik Azhar, so I made the detour. Again I was told that there were no stocks. OK, fine….
So, the nearest township would be Batang Kali. As Serendah is sandwiched between the two, I just drove straight to Batang Kali. I remembered seeing a notice “Suntikan Umrah” in front of Dr. Zalina’s clinic near J.COM cybercafe, so I went inside. Initially, I was told that they have the stock (Yeay!!!) BUT 10 minutes later, the attendant told me that they don’t have the card to record the injection!
So, I went to Poliklinik Sentosa, just beside my favourite restaurant, Ainjaslizam. It was closed until 8.00 p.m. Went to pray at Masjid Bandar Utama Batang Kali – and again, I was told that there were no stocks. I asked the attendant if there is any clinics I could get the injection; she suggested the nearby Dr. Rashid.
At Dr. Rashid Clinic while waiting for my turn. The plaque header attracted my attention.
I walked along the corridor and at the furthest point, I saw the clinic “Dr. Rashid & Dr. Solehah” of which I never came across before. This was the 5th clinic! It was peaceful and the counter lady (or could it be Dr. Solehah? I don’t know) was very friendly and motherly. Alhamdulillah, she said they have the stocks!!! When I related my story to her, she told that the vaccine is quite expensive; so that is why the stocks didn’t last as they needed to be ordered; only by demand they would be purchased. I love the ambiance of the clinic. I heard that my favourite radio IKIM.fm was played and I could sum up the characteristic of the clinic. The wall ornaments were somewhat Chinese Islamic calligraphy. Got an injection from Dr. Rashid and everything settled! But I was given paracetamol in case my body reacted to the sudden strange bacteria inserted into the body & I was told that I could possibly experiencing fever or lethargic. Anyway, Alhamdulillah!
OK, what is vaccine? Vaccine is a type of treatment using the weakened antigens, inserted to the bodies of the hose (in this case, human) so that the body immune system is able to identify the characteristic of the antigens if an attack were to occur so that the body could be shielded. Hahahaa, as a degree holder in Microbiology, this has somewhat somehow a reminiscence to my Microbiology background. Nostalgic, isn’t it? (,”)
The Vaccine Card/ Book.
For information, Moslems who wish to go to Mecca for either performing “Haj” or “Umrah” would be required to be vaccinated with ACYW135 Meningitis Injection or Vaccination of Meningococcal Meningitis. I have yet to do findings on why we are required for this, but a reading from a health & immunization article called “Prevention & Control of Meningococcal Disease” at http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr5407a1.htm might able to sum up the theory :-
“For travelers, vaccination is especially recommended to those visiting the parts of sub-Saharan Africa known as the “meningitis belt” (112) during the dry season (December–June). Vaccination is required by the government of Saudi Arabia for all travelers to Mecca during the annual Hajj. Advisories for travelers to other countries will be issued when epidemics of meningococcal disease caused by vaccine-preventable serogroups are detected. Travelers’ health information is available from CDC at 877-FYI-TRIP (toll-free) or at http://www.cdc.gov/travel. Further information concerning geographic areas for which vaccination is recommended can be obtained from international health clinics for travelers and state health departments.”
So, one thing settled. BUT, the procedure is far from finish! But my body is tired and my eyes are very puffy now. Zzzzzz