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5 Important Reasons Why You Should Vaccinate Your Child Today

5 Important Reasons Why You-Should Vaccinate Your Child Today

5 Important Reasons Why You Should Vaccinate Your Child Today gives you full insight on why you should avail your kids of life-saving vaccines available today.

To quote Jeffrey Kluger “Vaccines save lives; fear endangers them” Preventive medicine is the future and immunization is the core of it all.

Immunization saves millions of lives every year and is widely recognized as one of the world’s most successful and cost-effective health interventions.

By not vaccinating yourself or your children, you increase the risk of preventable diseases they can be infected and general outbreaks within the society.

 

Immunization Saves life

As stated from the beginning of this article, immunization is simply the best and most effective way to protect yourself and children from serious diseases. To understand how immunization saves a life, I think we need to revisit history.

The first true vaccine discovered was the smallpox vaccine. Smallpox was a deadly illness a century ago. It killed 300 million to 500 million people around the world in the 20th century alone until Edward Jenner among others came up with smallpox vaccine in 1796 and right now smallpox does not exist all over the world.

As recently as 2012 Nigeria was Africa’s only remaining polio-endemic country, and the number of confirmed new wild poliovirus cases was increasing but all these have now been reduced through the efforts of different stakeholders like National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), WHO, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation among others.

 

When you’re vaccinated, you teach the immune system by mimicking a natural infection. The body cannot tell that the vaccine virus is weakened, and it engulfs the virus as if it were dangerous. It then creates antibodies to fight the disease, quickly clearing the virus. When next you come in contact with such disease, your immune system is able to respond effectively, preventing the disease from developing or greatly reducing its severity.

 

Reasons to vaccinate your child

They are safe and effective

Vaccines today are the safest they’ve even been. Despite some drawbacks and stories that are abundantly available on the internet about various issues with vaccines, they remain the best protection our children have against preventable diseases like diphtheria, Haemophilus influenzae serotype b infection, hepatitis B, measles, meningitis, mumps, pertussis, poliomyelitis, rubella, tetanus, tuberculosis among others.

Vaccines undergo an enormous amount of safety security and careful reviews over the years by scientists, doctors, and healthcare professionals before they are given to our children.

Vaccines will involve some discomfort and may cause pain, redness, or tenderness at the site of injection but this is minimal compared to the pain, discomfort, and trauma of the diseases these vaccines prevent.

Serious side effects following vaccination, such as severe allergic reaction, are very rare. The disease-prevention benefits of getting vaccines are much greater than the possible side effects for almost all children.

 

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Immunization gives you and your child the best start to a healthy future

Vaccines have reduced and in some cases eliminated completely some diseases that posed threat a few generations ago with smallpox and polio in Nigeria been major examples of how effective vaccines can be in fighting preventable diseases. But we still have pockets of issues with polio in some parts of the north and measles in Nigeria with as much as 6000 new cases and over 15 fatalities reported by the Nigeria Center for Disease Control at the beginning of 2019 alone the reason why we all should embrace vaccines..

The more people the safer it is for everyone. Immunization is for everyone (both kids and adults) and if all will adopt it (immunization) then the risk of certain diseases will be removed for future generations.

If we continue vaccinating now and vaccinating completely, 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.

 

Immunization protects the community and the people we love

Vaccination programs do not just directly benefit the immunized child but also indirectly benefit unimmunized persons through community (“herd”) immunity.

When a large percentage of a community is immune to a certain disease, it can reduce disease transmission and protect any individuals who cannot protect themselves.

To help keep everyone safe, from the youngest among us to the oldest, it is important that everyone who is able to be vaccinated contributes to the overall community immunity.  This not only protects the infants in our lives, but also helps prevent the spread of disease to all our friends and loved ones.

 

Risks of not vaccinating your child

It saves you time and money

Imagine the scenario and the cost of emergency doctor’s visits, hospitalization, denied attendance to school, having to miss work and schedules due to running around with your sick child and premature death all because of diseases that could have been taken care of through timely vaccinations?

Some vaccine-preventable diseases can result in prolonged disabilities and can take a financial toll because of lost time at work, medical bills or long-term disability care. In contrast, getting vaccinated against these diseases is a good investment that saves one time and money.

 

SEE ALSO: All You Need To Know About BCG TB Vaccines

 

Where can you get immunization in Lagos Nigeria?

You can vaccinate yourself and your family in any health center around where immunization is administered. For those in Lagos, you can do the same in any Outreach Children and Women Hospital near you

 

Outreach Women and Children Hospital Festac
4th Avenue by 3rd Avenue Junction, Festac Town, Lagos.

Call: +234 8024327713, +234 7062180964, +234 8135996675, 07089758800,  +234 7068504696

WhatsApp: +234 8183803643

Outreach Women and Children Hospital Okota Isolo
125 Okota Road. Opp Slot. Okota. Isolo. Lagos.
Call: 014532865, +234 8068838225

Outreach Specialist Hospital Satellite Town
23. Community Road, Beside First Bank,Abule ado. Satellite Town
Call: 07018179085 08035187189

 

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