Can vaccination protect your baby from life-threatening diseases?

Can vaccination protect your baby from life-threatening diseases?

You know you can easily immunize your baby against 9 highly infectious and life-threatening diseases in the first year of his life through vaccination. Babies have a low immunity when they are born and it takes time to develop fully to protect them from common diseases. But there are several dangerous diseases that a baby can’t fight unless an extra protective shield is provided. And that shield which further strengthens the body’s immunity is a vaccine.

I have studied vaccines during my Graduation and immunology was my favorite subject. But when I became a mother and I first saw my little baby get a vaccine shot, I got terrified. Such poor little thing had to go through so much pain, I couldn’t stop crying seeing him like that. I even questioned whether vaccination was this necessary for a newborn? Couldn’t they wait for a few days or months?

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Yes, vaccination is necessary & it can protect your baby from life-threatening diseases

The head nurse saw me shivering, came to me and said, “Welcome to motherhood dear, you just did the best thing to protect your baby”.

And yes, she was right. Even though it was a scary moment I knew vaccination gave my baby a chance to fight and survive if ever he gets in contact with that disease.

With such great advancement in the field of medical science, India in the last decade has seen a huge drop in the incidents of vaccine-preventable diseases. If you look at the below numbers, you can see we have been successful in eradicating Polio from our country through Pulse Polio Immunization Programme

Fact- Today, only 3 countries in the world have never stopped transmission of endemic wild poliovirus – Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Nigeria.²

WHO estimates that each year, over 1 million children die of diseases that could be prevented by a vaccine.

We still have a long way to go but if we make sure to follow the vaccination schedule, we can protect our little ones from all these dangerous diseases.

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You know you can protect your baby from 9 life-threatening diseases in the first year by proper vaccination.

Vaccines needed in the first year of life 

  1. At birth – BCG vaccine, Hep-B and OPV 
  2. At 6 weeks – DTP, Hep-B, IPV, Hib, Rota, PCV
  3. 10 weeks – DTP, Hep-B, IPV, Hib, Rota, PCV
  4. At 14 weeks – DTP, Hep-B, IPV, Hib, Rota, PCV
  5. At 6 months – TCV
  6. 9 months – MMR
  7. 12 months – Hep-A

Apart from the above-mentioned vaccines, Flu vaccine (Influenza) is also recommended every year for children 6 months and older.³ It is important that the vaccines are given at the right age to ensure full protection. If due to any reason your child has missed the vaccine, talk to your pediatrician to know how to get back on track.

There are certain myths associated with vaccines that also discourages parents to follow or continue following the vaccination schedule for their child. It is always a good practice to discuss your doubts with your doctor to understand the risks and benefits better.

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References

  1. https://www.nhp.gov.in/pulse-polio-programme_pg
  2. http://apps.who.int/worldimmunizationweek/
  3. https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/easy-to-read/child-easyread.html

Disclaimer: The views expressed in the blog are independent and unbiased views of solely the blogger. This is a part of the public awareness initiative on vaccination supported by Sanofi Pasteur India. Sanofi Pasteur bears no responsibility for the content of the blog. One should consult their healthcare provider for any health-related information.

 

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12 Comments

  1. Smitha N April 3, 2020 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    Making our kids immune system strong is really important.. Such a informative post on vaccine with so detailed information definitely I’ll be sharing with my sister who has 3yrs son…

    • Neha Sharma April 3, 2020 at 11:52 pm - Reply

      I am glad you found the information useful. Thank you 🙂

  2. Anahita Irani April 4, 2020 at 4:45 pm - Reply

    Vaccinations are utmost important to kids, only moms know the value and benefits of it.

  3. MeenalSonal Mathur April 4, 2020 at 4:51 pm - Reply

    Building strong immune system is what all parents look for and its vaccination that play major role in it.

  4. Ujjwal Mishra April 4, 2020 at 6:57 pm - Reply

    So true, vaccines at right age can save the child’s life. It’s painful to see the child cry in pain while vaccination but it’s worth it.

  5. Roma April 4, 2020 at 6:58 pm - Reply

    I am glad you has written on this vastly debated topic dear. I have great faith in these vaccines and have made sure as a mom that we’re given timely to my child

  6. Mayuri Nidigallu April 4, 2020 at 10:01 pm - Reply

    Vaccinations given at the right time are imperative for the right growth of a child. This informative post should really help new parents.

  7. Pinal Shah April 4, 2020 at 10:04 pm - Reply

    Yes very truly put. Vaccination is very important for children. My son some years back got chickenpox and the country where we stay there vaccinations are almost negligibaly preferred . But as my son had a chicken pox vaccine when we were in India the intensity of disease was very less in him and it helped us a lot and even my son.

  8. Amrit Kaur April 4, 2020 at 10:53 pm - Reply

    Vaccination is necessary for kids as it helps their body to build up immunity and keep their bodies safe from life-threatening diseases.

    • Ramya Ravindra Barithaya May 10, 2020 at 11:06 pm - Reply

      Vaccination is important for kids to build up their immunity system… informative post

      • Neha Sharma May 12, 2020 at 5:00 pm - Reply

        Thanks, dear I am glad you find it informative.

  9. Deepa Gandhi April 4, 2020 at 11:28 pm - Reply

    This is a very informative post about vaccines. I am sure it will be helpful for many parents to understand vaccinations.

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