You are aware of the importance of car seats, baby gates and other ways to keep your baby safe. But, did you know that one of the best ways to protect your child is to make sure that they receive every vaccination during their growing years? It is important to vaccinate your child as per the recommended schedule.
The Internet has a wealth of information about vaccines and immunization. But there is also a lot of misinformation, and some of it can be harmful if people use it to make decisions about their children’s health. Are you up-to-date on the information?
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Vaccination Vs Immunization
Many people think that vaccination and immunization is the same thing, but there’s a slight difference. Immunization means to make someone immune to something. Vaccination, in contrast, according to Dorland’s Medical Dictionary, means to inject “a suspension of attenuated or killed microorganisms or treatment of infectious disease.”
In simple words, vaccination is the administration of vaccines to prevent disease (usually by injection). Immunization means acquiring immunity against disease, that is, protection against getting sick. Successful vaccination results in immunization.
‘Vaccination’ and ‘immunisation’ are often used interchangeably, but their meanings are not exactly the same.
An alarming Fact
It is a concern that every 20 seconds a child dies from a disease that could be prevented with a vaccine and the ones who survive are left severely physically challenged. This is because one out of five children around the globe does not receive life-saving immunization that’s necessary to keep children healthy and safe.
Immunization– A Step towards a Healthy Future
Thankfully, advancement in medical science has led to the formulation of safe and effective vaccines that not only protects children from infectious disease, but also transforms their lives by safeguarding their future againstvarious other health conditions.
Immunization is one of the most fruitful and cost-effective means to help children grow into healthy adults. It is recommended that the baby, right after birth, should be given an immunization against vaccine-preventable diseases because their immune systems are not yet sufficiently mature to fight life-threatening viruses. Moreover, giving consistent doses at regular intervals ensures that the children are fit enough to fight ailments such as polio, measles, chickenpox, and other dieaseas that may otherwise lead to serious conditions.
According to World Health Organization (WHO), active immunization helps in prevention of about 2 to 3 million deaths every year. However, approximately 22.6 million infants, most of whom are in developing countries, still do not receive even basic vaccines. In India, the Universal Immunization Programme targets 27 million infants and 30 million pregnant women every year.
Being healthy from the start means vaccinating from the start. It’s a simple commitment with a significant payoff – a healthy future for our kids.
Consult your doctor before going for vaccinations
Immunization for children is also important because their stomach produces less acid, making it easier for ingested bacteria and viruses to multiply. However, before initiating the vaccinations you must discuss a few things with your child’s health care provider:
- If your child had an allergic reaction to a previous vaccination or a vaccine ingredient, such as eggs or gelatin.
- If your child has a high fever or a history of fever after receiving a vaccination.
- Does the particular vaccination have any other side effect?
- Get the details on your child’s condition and why particular vaccination is imperative.
Handy Immunization Scheduler for your baby
Soon after a baby is born, she is exposed to harmful viruses and pathogens present in the surrounding areas, and since her immune system is still immature, she is at an increased risk of developing serious diseases from exposure to viruses. Hence, it’s very important to get a newborn immunized against some potentially untreatable and life threatening diseases like polio, hepatitis B, tetanus, measles etc.
In addition to the above given list, the paediatrician or child care specialist may also recommend some other vaccines like any newly developed vaccine. Get the best protection for your child—make sure your child is immunized on schedule.
Overdosing on vaccines- Are Multiple Vaccines Safe?
Overdosing on vaccines is not advisable for every baby. Parents need to understand that vaccines are drugs. They contain antigens, preservatives, adjuvants, stabilizers, antibiotics, buffers, diluents, emulsifiers, and inactivating chemicals. Some drug combinations work, but others don’t, so examine credible evidence from diverse reputable sources or consult your doctor prior to making your vaccine decisions.
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What you need to know about World Immunization Week
In 2012, the world health assembly endorsed the global public health campaign to ensure that immunization reaches every child in the world. This campaign is known as World Immunization Week, which is celebrated every year during the last week of April (this year it will be observed from 24th to 30th April) with the agenda of spreading vaccination awareness and making people aware of the goals of the global vaccine action plan, which are-
- Immunization against diphtheria, tetanus
- Measles mortality reduction
- Rubella elimination
- Maternal and neonatal tetanus elimination
- Polio eradication
- Use of new or underutilized vaccines
Cloudnine – A Leading Name in Childcare
Cloudnine, a leading name in the Indian healthcare industry, is trying to ensure people get the necessary vaccinations against deadly diseases, for their children. We are celebrating the World Immunization Week and invite all the parents to help us in ‘Closing the Immunization Gap’. Follow our Facebook page to know more about our campaigns and participate to ensure a healthy future for your baby.