The Importance of Child Immunization

Antibodies are typically passed from mother to child during pregnancy. After child delivery, the antibodies are also continuously passed on through breastfeeding. Breast milk contains antibodies to protect the child from diseases; however, protection is only temporary or short-lived. This problem now brings us to another form of protection: immunization.

Vaccination or immunization is a way of creating protection or immunity against some diseases. Immunity can be achieved by using specific amounts of ‘weakened or mild germs’ that cause disease and administering through injection or other means. The immune system is then stimulated by vaccines to behave as if a real infection has occurred and builds a defense against disease-causing pathogens. Bacteria like pneumococcus and viruses like measles are examples of harmful germs.

Why You Should Immunize your Child

Some parents are hesitant when it comes to vaccinating their little ones. They worry that their children may fall ill or develop a severe adverse reaction to the vaccine. Vaccinations protect children against childhood diseases that can develop into serious illnesses.

Some of the diseases that can be prevented through immunization include polio, hepatitis, rotavirus, diphtheria, meningococcal C, measles, mumps, tetanus, chickenpox, measles, whooping cough (pertussis), and German measles (rubella). These diseases are usually dangerous; these may result in hospitalization and also the development of severe health conditions such as brain damage, deafness, cancer, or other fatal conditions. Therefore, it is essential to remove the risk out of the equation and immunize your kids against these diseases.

Being denied access to child care facilities and admission to school are the problems that may arise if a child contracts a disease. These diseases may cause prolonged disability and complications, thereby negatively affecting your finances and work time. Immunization programs for children are often funded by the federal government or by non-profit organizations thus making it obtainable for children from low-income families. Vaccinating your child helps you save money and gives you peace of mind, thus making you more productive at work.

Some dangerous diseases that took away children’s lives in the past have been eliminated and are close to extinction. Polio is an excellent example. Polio causes paralysis and eventually, death. It is considered as one of the most feared diseases in the United States of America. This disease has disappeared in the U.S., and its impact across the world has been reduced due to immunization.

Vaccinations are effective and safe since they are administered to children after thorough screening and have been reviewed thoroughly by scientists, health care professionals, and doctors. Although initially there will be pain, tenderness, or redness involved at the injection site, it will be worthwhile in the long run.

Immunization has reduced and even eliminated diseases like smallpox and polio which severely disabled and killed a lot of people. Therefore, vaccination can protect future generations.

Soreness and fever are some of the mild reactions caused by some vaccines, but getting severe reactions is rare. Risks that come with vaccinations are inconsequential compared to the diseases and health risks that can be prevented. Each mother should, therefore, take her little one for vaccination to help them live a good and healthy life.