As a new parent, one of the major fears I faced was children falling ill. And when you are a mum to twins, ensuring the other one doesn’t catch the infection, it is a different struggle altogether. As parents, we choose to keep our children safe. From choosing the right doctor, to their clothes, to safety proofing the home and more.
One of the ways I ensured my boys were safe was by confirming that all the vaccinations they had to undergo were WHO prequalified. Immunization plays a very vital role in a child’s life. With advancing medical technology, it has become possible to reduce the rate of diseases and sometimes eradicate them altogether. These safe and effective vaccines are administered to children when they are just a few weeks old.
Here are a few reasons why I chose to vaccinate my boys.
Vaccination is safe and effective
Random vaccines are not administered to a child. Instead, vaccines undergo a long and a careful review by scientists, healthcare professionals and doctors to ensure there are less side effects that can affect the child. Here, I would stress on parents ensuring that the vaccines are WHO prequalified. It means that the vaccines have been evaluated for efficacy and assessed at all stages of manufacturing and distribution.
Vaccination can be painful but there is an alternative
Yes, these vaccines do cause discomfort when administered. They could also have short-term side effects that can include fever, pain, soreness or tenderness at the injection site. But this temporary pain is a small price to pay for protection from the trauma your baby will go through if he contracts one of these preventable diseases.
Again, modern technology has ensured that less painful versions of these vaccines are available, with the possibility of fewer side effects than they were prone to cause before.
Vaccination provides immunization that in turn provides protection from various diseases. And now, there are combination vaccines that provide protection from up to six childhood diseases in a single shot. Some of these diseases are Tetanus, Diphtheria, Hepatitis B, Pertussis, Polio and Haemophilus Influenza Type B .
Since the vaccine can be administered to babies from the age of six weeks, you are keeping your child protected when you give them all the doses on time.
Vaccines protect not just your family but also prevent the spreading of diseases that can be infectious. Since vaccines have more or less prevented a reoccurrence, you are also ensuring that your future generations are protected.
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