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Childhood Vaccination: Why I Decided To Vaccinate My Healthy Babies

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Childhood vaccination may seem overwhelming for any new parent. But what is important to know are the benefits of vaccination that not only protect our children from life-threatening diseases but also keep other children safe by eliminating or greatly decreasing the risk of diseases that can be contagious and harmful.

When I became a blessed mother of twins, my husband and I weren’t very sure about their vaccination. We wanted our babies to be safe and healthy but administrating painful injections to such tiny souls and watching them cry their lungs out was something we were quite apprehensive about. Additionally, we heard a lot of contradictory views  about how immunization could have harmful effects on kids and lead to long-term ailments. This scared us further and added to our confusion. But instead of believing in whatever information was passed on to us, we chose to do our research and speak to our healthcare expert. I still remember when we consulted our pediatrician about this; he replied with a very simple statement – Prevention Is Better Than Cure. Stating some important facts and figures, he explained to us how it was possible to eradicate a disease like polio completely from our country, all thanks to Vaccines! 

Childhood vaccination : why should we immunize our kids

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What Are Vaccines? 

“A vaccine is a dead, a weakened version, or part of the germ that causes the disease in question”. 

When babies are given a vaccine, they are injected with a weakened form of a disease. This triggers their body’s immune response and helps it to produce antibodies to that particular ailment. If they are ever again exposed to the actual disease-causing organism, their immune system is prepared enough to fight the infection. In simple terms, a vaccine will usually prevent the onset of a disease or else reduce its severity

Why Should We Immunize Our Kids?

My husband and I read a lot  about vaccinations on portals like WHO and we came across some very pertinent information that helped us understand why it is important to immunize our kids. 

  • Vaccination protects children from serious complicated illness/ diseases like polio, measles, whooping cough, etc. that can be life-threatening.
  • Babies are born with protection against some diseases because of the antibodies passed from the mother to them. However, this protection is temporary and the immunity goes away during the first year of life. If an unvaccinated baby is exposed to a disease germ, his/her body may not be strong enough to fight the disease. Hence, vaccinations are important as they help to stimulate the body’s immunity.
  • Vaccinations are effective. They are given to children after scientific research by scientists and health care professionals.
  • Vaccination has successfully eradicated epidemic diseases like small pox. Hence, its importance cannot be ignored or neglected.
  • Vaccination prevents spreading of diseases to others around.
  • If exposure to a disease occurs in a surrounding area there is little or no risk of an epidemic when people have been immunized.
  • Vaccines are given on a recommended schedule by the doctor. Some are given for certain situations while some protect children when they are older. Usually a record of vaccination given to kids is maintained by the healthcare provider. 
  • Organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics strongly support protecting children with recommended vaccinations.

Today, vaccines are considered safe. As with any medication, they may have side effects like soreness or low grade fever, but the important thing to know is that the benefits of vaccination outweighs the possible side effects. 

If you are a new parent, I would suggest you to gain accurate information and knowledge about vaccinations and then make an informed decision. Over the years, a lot of controversies have been generated regarding their safety. However, no convincing evidence of harm or scientific research has been found in this regard. Do not simply believe in any random information; rather, do your research and speak to your health care expert who can guide you well. 

My kids are 3 years old now and have been vaccinated with all the necessary vaccinations like BSG, DTP, MMR, etc. And I am glad we took this decision of immunizing them. As parents we always wish the best for our babies and aim to provide them with all the facilities. Be it buying a car seat or investing in an insurance policy – we do everything to keep them safe. Then why ignore vaccinations! In fact one of the best ways to protect our children and help them have a safe and healthy future is to make sure they have all their vaccinations. 

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References 

  1. https://www.vaccines.gov/getting/for_parents/five_reasons
  2. https://www.cdc.gov/features/infantimmunization/index.html
  3. https://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/86/2/07-040089/en/
  4. https://www.stanfordchildrens.org/en/topic/default?id=why-childhood-immunizations-are-important-1-4510

Disclaimer: This post is in collaboration with Sanofi Pasteur. However, the views and opinions expressed in this post are of the author’s alone. 


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16 responses to “Childhood Vaccination: Why I Decided To Vaccinate My Healthy Babies”

  1. Blogaberry Foo says:

    We have given our children all the vaccinations till date. I think we have delayed a couple of them but it doesn’t seem to be a must to only give at the age given in the charts.

  2. As a new parent many get tossed with the idea of avoiding vaccinations assuming its not important. But they should be aware enough to understand the cause behind and take an informed choice. I am glad till now my child took all vaccinations on time.

  3. Dr. Surbhi Prapanna says:

    I completely agree with you Charu, vaccination is one of the most important aspect for better health of our kids. and they protect against so many serious disorders. great post and you had shared all points well with proper details.

  4. Deepika says:

    I think vaccination is a must to avoid any further complications in kids. Agree, it is this of an investment which we must do for your kid’s health .

  5. Sarah Shaikh says:

    Vaccinating our kids is truly important to protect them from various diseases as you have highlighted so perfectly.Thanks for sharing the links for references.Will share with family & friends.

    (Snehalata Jain)

  6. Tina Basu says:

    Vaccination is the only way to make our kids safe against the dangerous viruses

  7. simi sp says:

    Such a mandatory post on vaccination for our little ones tysm for sharing a informative post.

  8. Ruchie says:

    This is really important and we should understand that flu vaccination is really important for every kid!!

  9. Sweetannu says:

    Immunization is a must and without any delay if should be given from time to.time. Your post has been very interesting and informative

  10. We have never missed any when it comes to vaccination. Giving on time also holds a lot of importance and that’s the reason the card mentions the age of a child for a particular vaccine. At times parents are not keen on giving vaccination at right age.

  11. jhilmildsaha says:

    It is very necessary for us to be aware of all necessary vaccinations required for our kids. We have to be updated with the pedeatricians.

  12. Varsh says:

    Many parents believe that vaccination isn’t important but it is the best way to keep kids safe from harmful diseases. You’ve explained it very well.

  13. Shalu Sharma says:

    When my kids were young, I remember there was this huge debate on a lot of parenting groups regarding vaccination vs. unvacced. A lot many people also pointed out my daughter being on the spectrum & the unproved theories of linking the two. Nonetheless, I decided to get my kids vaccinated as per the schedule given during their birth. And I am glad I did. I believe in better safe than sorry approach.

  14. Vaccination is the forfi important decision that parents take for their kids, hospitals and pediatrician play an important re in taking this decision.

  15. Kavita Singh says:

    Vaccination is one topic which kept is awake for many nights, for any new parent it is definitely a topic of discussion. You have penned it clearly and in detail, I am sure lot of new parents will find this really helpful. Shared it 🙂

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