I read somewhere that a worried mom does better research than the FBI. I couldn’t agree more. As a parent, you’re likely to hear a lot of things from your friends, colleagues, neighbours and even your own parents about the right ways to raise children. While this can be helpful, it’s more important to be informed yourself. If you have doubts about anything, make sure you discuss it with your child’s paediatrician.
When my daughters were younger, I heard a lot of things about immunisations and vaccinations for babies. Some of my friends were in favour of them while some were not. Some of my friends were hesitant to get their babies vaccinated because of these two myths:
- According to them, babies are susceptible to side effects after vaccinations
- Children will eventually end up contracting the very illnesses the vaccines are supposed to prevent.
It is true that some vaccines may cause mild reactions such as redness or fever, but serious reactions are rare. The fear and paranoia are quite unfounded.
Why is vaccination important?
Vaccination is a way to create immunity in children and as parents, we must give them the required dose of age-bound vaccines. A newborn has protection against some diseases because they get antibodies from their moms. Also, after birth babies get the continued benefits through breast milk. But as they grow, immunisation is a way to create immunity to diseases and you must not ignore their importance. Two main benefits of vaccinations are:
- Protection from harmful diseases.
- Reduction or elimination of dreadful diseases in the next generations.
What are WHO prequalified vaccines and why you must ask your doctor about them and your child’s immunisations?
Recently, I attended an online chat session where I learnt about a WHO prequalified vaccine. It’s important that the vaccines you immunise your child with are WHO prequalified because these are backed by state-of-the-art research and stringent checks at all stages of the manufacturing and distribution of the vaccine.
Vaccines are also available as combination vaccines which means they have the power to protect children from a number of diseases like Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (whooping cough), Polio, Haemophilus Influenza B, and Hepatitis B in just one shot. This reduces the number of shots that a child must get. Therefore, your number of visits for vaccinations to hospitals and clinics also reduces.
Immunisation is one of the best means of protection against contagious diseases in childhood. Ask your doctor about WHO prequalified combination vaccines and keep your children happy and healthy. Your child’s immunisations are your responsibility, so take a wise decision.
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