The importance of vaccination is accepted by a major stratum of the masses but the significance of completing the full course of vaccination has not yet sunk in.
About 20% of Indian parents do not get their children vaccinated according to the schedule . It is, therefore, important to spread the knowledge about significance and benefits of vaccines.
Immunization is very important!
The primary work of vaccines is to safeguard against serious childhood diseases. The vaccine shots are given as per a specific vaccination schedule in the initial developing years of life- because at this age the baby is most susceptible to these dangerous viruses and bacteria.
Once the killed form or the inactive form of the pathogen is injected into the bloodstream, the body develops antibodies and designs a defence strategy against this attack. This battle plan is stored in the immune system records and can be retrieved and used to combat future attack from the same bacteria or virus.
Some people still believe in naturally acquired immunity. It is basically the method of developing immunity after contracting a disease and developing the antibodies thereafter. Not only is it a painful process, but it can lead to complications, hospitalization and even turn fatal.
Vaccination, on the other hand, is a safe and effective way of attaining immunization, which has been proven time and again.
Vaccines can save your future generations!
That’s true. Getting vaccinated can save your future generations. That is the reason why women are strictly advised to get vaccinated before conceiving. E.g. If contracted by an expecting mother, the rubella virus can lead to fearful genetic defects in the unborn.
If we continue to immunize now and that toocompletely, parents in the future may be able to trust that some diseases of today will no longer be around to harm their children in the future.
Vaccination through generations can help to eradicate the existence of a particular disease. With continuous vaccines, the pathogen gradually starts getting curtailed. It is highly evident from small pox case.
Once an epidemic that used to cause millions of death, small pox has now been completely wiped off the face of the earth!
Some common childhood diseases like Polio and Tetanus can leave children impaired for life.
Children can be safeguarded from these disabilities
with timely vaccination.
Save time and money
Complications of common childhood diseases can lead to medical costs and even hospitalization costs.This can lead to draining of money, rushing to and from the hospital and a lot of trauma.
When you can save yourself from all these, why choose to suffer?
Vaccination is beneficial during pregnancy as well!
Doctors recommend pregnant women to take the MMR (Measles Mumps and Rubella) and Flu vaccine during pregnant months. Because the body is susceptible to catching more infections during those 9 months, taking doses of these vaccines is very essential! Also, rubella during pregnancy can lead to premature labor and even limb impairment in the unborn child.
Side-effects are only a myth!
Many people still take a step back from vaccination due to groundless misinformation about side-effects. To tell the truth, the benefits of vaccines outweigh the mild discomfort of side-effects. Mild fever or skin rashmight occur after taking the vaccine shots but these go away within a few days and can be easily managed with common antipyretics. (Fever control medicines).
Therefore, the responsibility of spreading awareness about vaccines and its benefits fall upon the more educated mass. The Indian government has taken significant steps towards child vaccination drive awareness.
Since polio threatened a significant chunk of Indian citizens, Polio drops are given for free up to 5 years of age today.
Educate more people about the benefits of vaccines and build a nation that is disease free!