So, what do you know about “Vaccines”?
A vaccine helps the body’s immune system to recognize and fight pathogens like viruses or bacteria, which then keeps us safe from the diseases they cause. Vaccines protect us against debilitating or life-threatening diseases, including measles, polio, tetanus, diphtheria, meningitis, influenza, tetanus, typhoid, and cervical cancer.
So, moving on to “VACCINATION”. It is basically, administration of a vaccine to produce immunity against a disease. Vaccination or immunizations, work by stimulating the immune system, the natural disease-fighting system of the body. The healthy immune system can recognize “Foreign bodies or Antigens” i.e, invading bacteria and viruses and inaction produce proteins “antibodies” to destroy them. Immunizations prepare the immune system to ward off disease. To immunize against diseases, the virus used in the vaccine has been weakened or killed. To sum up;
Vaccination is one of the most effective ways to prevent diseases.
“Now why it is important to vaccinate your child?”
As a parent, we can do anything to protect our children from harm and keep them safe. Similarly, vaccination is a part of their protection. Your child is exposed to thousands of germs every day in his/her environment. This happens through the food they eat, the air they breathe, and things they put in his mouth. Children under developing age do not have a strong immune system to fight against these germs and usually get infected.
It is always better to prevent a disease than to treat it after it occurs.
- Vaccination is a highly effective, safe and easy way to help keep your family healthy.
- On-time vaccination throughout childhood is essential because it helps provide immunity before children are exposed to potentially life-threatening diseases.
- Vaccines are tested to ensure that they are safe and effective for children to receive at the recommended ages.
Outbreaks of preventable diseases occur when many parents decide not to vaccinate their children.
If children are not vaccinated, they can spread the disease to other children who are too young to be vaccinated or to people with weakened immune systems, such as transplant recipients and people with cancer. This could result in long-term complications and even death for these vulnerable people.
Following are some examples of vaccine-preventable diseases (VPD):
- Pertussis (whooping cough)
- Poliomyelitis (polio)
- Haemophilus influenza type b infections
- Hepatitis B
- Pneumococcal infections
On-time vaccination or The Ultimate Babyproofing Plan helps and protects your child from 14 potentially serious diseases. Organizations such as the WHO, Expanded program on Immunization GOP, Pakistan Polio Eradication Program, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention all strongly support protecting children with recommended vaccinations.
So as a parent and an individual it is your responsibility to do what should be done and also educate others about the significance of Vaccination. #GetVaccinated.