Are you unsure about vaccinations? Do you think that they are unnecessary and won’t provide your child with any protection? If so, then keep on reading, we are going to talk about why immunization is so essential for our children and how it works by protecting us from harmful diseases. For more immunization information, click the link.

Regardless of what you think, immunizations protect us from getting infectious diseases, by protecting yourself, you also protect others, as the infection can’t spread, causing an epidemic. They are very safe and are recommended by healthcare professionals all over the world.

The results of immunizations have already been shown, showing us the massive decrease in child deaths after the creation of vaccines. The World Health Organization (WHO) states: ‘The two public health interventions that have had the greatest impact on the world’s health are clean water and vaccines.’

So what exactly is a vaccine? Well, in short terms, a vaccine is a weakened version of a disease that is put into our bodies. It does sound scary. However, it is entirely safe. Our immune system works to fight off this disease, which then builds up our antibodies so that if we do come across the real illness, we can fight it off.

Now having a vaccination can cause some side effects, but these are usually minimal, and the benefits outway the cons significantly. Some of the side effects that are common in children after having their injection include:

  • Fever
  • Soreness around the injection site
  • Minor swelling around the injection site

Please keep in mind that these are small side effects, and usually pass within a day or two. Vaccines are not always 100%, however, but even if you do contract the disease, it will be minimal compared to if you caught it without a vaccination.

Diseases that can be immunized against include:

  • diphtheria
  • tetanus
  • pertussis (whooping cough)
  • poliomyelitis (polio)
  • measles
  • mumps
  • rubella
  • Haemophilus influenzae type b infections
  • hepatitis B
  • influenza
  • pneumococcal infections

So there you have it, although there are some minor side effects, vaccinations are vital for the wellbeing of the entire world! It can ensure we minimize the spread of infectious diseases, and keep our children healthy. Although you might have heard bad things about vaccinations, these are generally not true and have little evidence to prove they are. Remember always to do your research, and be aware of the great benefits that vaccinations have for the world.

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