Why is it important to give vaccinations to your baby?
Vaccination is the process of administering vaccines to assist the immune system to fight diseases. The immune system is our body’s greatest defender. Sometimes, the protection offered by it has to be enhanced. Vaccinations offer many needed layers of protection. In today’s world, new diseases crop up every other day and to counter those attacks vaccines are injected.
Children are more vulnerable to diseases because their immune system has not fully developed yet. Vaccines boost the defences of an immune system. As a parent, you might find yourself worrying whenever your child shows signs of any sickness. Not only do diseases impact their health but also ruins their mood. Children may act irritable and crabby under discomfort. This, in turn, dampens your day and makes everything much more difficult.
Prevention is always better than cure. Vaccines were invented to prevent illnesses. Many diseases like measles, mumps and whooping cough can be prevented by taking this necessary step. Some illnesses can start small but later turn into something big. The late nights of crying, nappy changes and sleeplessness are not worth it. Diseases have become pretty scarce thanks to vaccinations. They have been successful in eliminating diseases like smallpox.
Doctors strongly recommend parents to get their children vaccinated from a very young age. When you decide against getting your child vaccinated you are endangering his or her health. They could also infect other people around them such as a sibling, relative or friend. This could potentially lead to an outbreak of a disease. History shows many accounts of travellers carrying diseases to foreign lands and the consequent outbreaks of illnesses which followed.
Sometimes parents are afraid to get their kids vaccinated because they do not know how the child’s body will react. Vaccines are backed up by years of research undergone by professionals.
They are tested and certified in their capability to help the immune system fight diseases. Most vaccines are injected in a safe and hygienic setting such as hospitals or clinics. Sometimes they cause side effects, but these are mainly temporary.
If your child suffers from a fever or a rash, you need not worry. A professional can offer you the right course of action in case of severe reactions. Get your child checked immediately if he shows very obvious signs of discomfort which persist.
According to healthline.com, this is a list of vaccinations from birth to old age:
|Name of Vaccine||Age||Number of shots|
|Hepatitis B||Birth||A second at 1–2 months, a third at 6–18 months|
|Rotavirus (RV)||2 Months||A second at 4 months, a third at 6 months|
|Diphtheria, tetanus, and whooping cough (DTaP)||2 Months||A second at 4 months, a third at 6 months, a fourth at 16–18 months; then every 10 years|
|Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)||2 Months||A second at 4 months, a third at 6 months, a fourth at 12–15 months|
|Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine PCV13||2 Months||A second at 4 months, a third at 6 months, a fourth between months 12 and 15|
|Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV)||2 Months||A second at 4 months, a third at 6–18 months, a fourth at 4 to 6 years|
|Influenza||6 Months||Repeat yearly|
|Measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR)||12-15 Months||A second at 4–6 years|
|Varicella||12-15 Months||A second at 4–6 years|
|Hepatitis A||12-23 Months||A second at 6 months after the first|
|Human papillomavirus (HPV)||11-12 years old||2-shot series 6 months apart|
|Meningococcal conjugate (MenACWY)||11-12 years old||Booster at 16 years old|
|serogroup B meningococcal (MenB)||16-18 years old|
|Pneumococcal (PPSV23||19-65+ years old|
|Herpes zoster (Shingles—RZV formulation)||Two doses at 50 years old|
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), most childhood vaccines provide 85% (up to 95%) guarantee against the risk of diseases. Getting your child vaccinated will only benefit them in the long run. As informed individuals of the society, it is our duty to protect the environment.
Vaccinations not only protect the immediate future but also provide long term benefits. If people made the collective decision to stop producing and injecting vaccinations, the risk of diseases making a comeback is high. Hence, health care professionals strongly advise the masses to get their loved ones vaccinated.
• Vaccinations help the immune system fight diseases.
• In the absence of certain vaccines not only do you endanger your child’s health but also the health of anyone he comes in contact with.
• Vaccinations have reduced the occurrence of some diseases. However, the risk can potentially shoot up if people stopped getting vaccinated.
• In order to get your child vaccinated, approach a hospital and they will provide you with appropriate information and assistance.
• If your child shows a negative reaction which persists after vaccinating, it is strongly advisable to approach a professional.