Find out exactly why childhood vaccinations are important.
As parents, we are often faced with tough choices, especially when it comes to our kids and their health and well-being. To vaccinate our kids or not is one such choice.
Perhaps you might be currently facing this common dilemma, especially if you have a young baby who’s due for various vaccinations.
With this in mind, we bring you information regarding why it’s important to have your child — whether he’s a baby or older — vaccinated.
It’s no secret that health professionals and international organisations such as the World Health Organisation (WHO) place such a strong emphasis on vaccinating kids and babies.
Have you ever wondered why?
It’s pretty simple: Vaccinating kids prevents diseases — many of them potentially serious or even fatal.
Vaccinating kids and babies is quick, safe and effective, and has dramatically improved the quality of life of millions of people around the world.
Here are some facts about vaccines adapted from the WHO:
- Better hygiene and sanitation alone will not make diseases disappear, although they will help curb the spread of the disease. If people are not vaccinated, uncommon diseases such as polio and measles will quickly reappear.
- Vaccines are very safe and most reactions — such as fever or soreness around the injection site — are temporary. You or you child are far more likely to be seriously affected by a vaccine-preventable disease than an actual vaccine.
- Vaccines do not cause autism. The 1998 study which raised concerns about the possible link between autism and the MMR vaccination has been found to be seriously flawed, and the journal that published the paper has retracted it.
- The combined vaccine against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough) and the vaccine against poliomyelitis do not cause Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). However, these vaccines are given at a time when babies are most susceptible to SIDS.
Vaccine-preventable diseases need not be a ‘fact of life’
You may have heard from some that vaccine-preventable diseases such as rubella or mumps are just an unfortunate fact of life.
In fact, some may even say that getting such illnesses as a child makes the immune system stronger and more resilient to other diseases.
However, the truth is that illnesses such as measles, mumps and rubella are very serious, and can lead to severe complications in both children and adults.
These complications may include pneumonia, encephalitis, blindness, diarrhea, ear infections and even death.
All these diseases and suffering can be prevented with vaccines, and the failure to vaccinate against these diseases leaves children unnecessarily vulnerable.
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