As a new parent, it is but obvious for one to be doubly sure that they want the safest things for their baby. Trust me, as a new parent I had the doubts too. Armed with about a dozen details about the do’s and don’ts about vaccination, I decided that I needed to be clear and understand the facts
about vaccination before I took the plunge and got my boys vaccinated. So here it is, my facts about vaccination and why I use only credible sources. As a parent you need to embrace the facts of vaccines and not the myths.
5 Facts about Vaccination that you should know
I tell this to every new parent who at some point of time has asked me about the advantages of vaccination; “do your research”. It is so important to be empowered about the right facts that will affect your child’s health.
Here are my timeless facts about vaccination.
Vaccinations are safe and effective
Did you know that vaccines are not administered randomly to a child? It is a proven fact that vaccines undergo a long and a careful review by scientists, healthcare professionals and doctors to
ensure there are no side-effects that can affect the child. So yes, vaccines are safe and effective for you to administer to your child.
Why should I vaccinate my baby? Vaccines are painful!
Ouch! A truth bomb there and yes vaccines do cause discomfort. When administered, the symptoms can include fever, pain or soreness in the area the child has been administered the vaccination. But if you realize, the pain and soreness is far less in comparison to the actual trauma and pain the child may go through if they contract the disease.
Am I lowering my child’s immunity by vaccinating them?
This is a big myth! And the fact is that when you vaccinate your child you do not threaten their natural immunity levels. Let me give you an example, the immune system makes antibodies against a germ, like the chickenpox virus, whether it encounters it naturally or is exposed to it through a
vaccine. Being vaccinated against one disease does not weaken the immune response to another disease.
Is it alright to give combined vaccines?
Yes, it is perfectly fine to give combined vaccines and there is no negative effect on the child’s immunity when you administer a combined vaccine. Some of the advantages of a combined vaccine are that it reduces discomfort (in comparison to single vaccines), saves time and is less on the pocket too.
My baby is perfectly healthy, active, and eating well! Do I still need to vaccinate him/her?
Let me tell you something; vaccinations are intended to keep healthy kids healthy. A vaccination helps to build the resistance against a disease when it is administered. Since a vaccination will help to protect the body before the disease strikes, your child will face less pain and discomfort in
comparison to getting the medication when they actually contract the infection. It is perfectly alright to administer a vaccine to a healthy child.
Vaccines protects not just your family but also help the spreading of diseases that can be infectious. Since vaccines have more or less prevented a re-occurrence, you are also ensuring that your future
generations are protected. Vaccination protects your child.
As I wrap up all I want to say is embrace the facts of vaccines and not the myths.
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- https://www.who.int/news-room/commentaries/detail/embrace-the-facts-about-vaccines- not-the-myths
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