Choosing a vaccine for your child: Things to consider #YourCareQuotient

Choosing a vaccine for your child: Things to consider

Hi everyone, let’s see what are the things we should consider while choosing a vaccine for our child. A couple of weeks ago, I was having a casual discussion with some of my friends about our babies’ health and immunity. We were worried about the seasonal bouts of cold and flu. All of us had just one concern: how do we keep our babies safe from diseases?

I learnt about so many easy ways to boost the immunity of our babies. And then we discussed various vaccines that are available nowadays which help protect children from many life-threatening diseases.

One of our friends told us that she’d been avoiding vaccinations for her baby. It left me shocked. She was concerned about the effectiveness of the vaccines. And, was worried that her daughter would end up contracting the very diseases the vaccines were supposed to prevent.Ā 

That made me think – because Iā€™d never thought of vaccines being ineffective or harmful. I understood then that there are many myths surrounding vaccines and the vaccination process. As an educated person who knows how important vaccines are, I realised that it is my responsibility to bust these myths so that all children are protected. This led me to do a little research on the topic and a special appointment with our paediatrician to understand things better.Ā 

Are you concerned about the safety & effectiveness of the vaccine? Worried about the no of shots & side effects? How to choose the right vaccine for your child. #vaccine #vaccination #immunization #whoprequalified #combinationvaccine


3 Things you can keep in mind while choosing a Vaccine for your Child –

1. WHO prequalified vaccines

If you really worry about the effectiveness of the vaccine, you should do a little research before going to your paediatrician. Vaccines are available which are WHO prequalified. It means that these vaccines are safe and effective as validated by WHO.

WHO follows an established procedure for the evaluation and assessment of vaccines before these can be supplied to various agencies. When you choose a WHO prequalified vaccine for your baby, you are taking a step towards her protection.

2- Combination vaccines

Many parents worry about the number of vaccination visits for their babies. The list for all the vaccines required is long.

Our paediatrician told me about the new combination vaccines that protect against more than 1 disease at a time (check with your doctor for details of which vaccine your baby needs). These can protect against the 6 major childhood diseases (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Polio, Haemophilus influenza B and Hepatitis B).

Now, these vaccines can help reduce the number of shots that babies need which can be a relief for parents and babies both.

3- Less painful injections

The advancement in technology has made it possible to develop vaccines that reduce the side effects. Usually, babies suffer from fever, nausea, loss of appetite and redness or soreness at the injection site.

With the new class of injections that are less painful, these symptoms have reduced considerably. No more discomfort for the baby or anxiety for the parent.

Be an informed parent and follow the recommended immunization schedule for your children. And, when in doubt, consult your doctor for any clarification.

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Disclaimer: The views expressed in the blog content are independent and unbiased views of solely the blogger/ third party This is a part of the public awareness initiative 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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    Noor Anand Chawla November 28, 2019 at 11:04 pm - Reply

    This is great information for all parents. I will book mark this post for future reference. Thank you!

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      Neha Sharma November 29, 2019 at 9:01 am - Reply

      Thanks Noor

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    Gurjeet Chhabra November 29, 2019 at 6:33 pm - Reply

    Yes, combination of vaccination is great relief. It’s difficult to see baby crying . O

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      Neha Sharma November 30, 2019 at 11:26 am - Reply

      Right Gurjeet, with combination vaccine a child can get protection from 6 diseases with just one shot.

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    Surbhi Prapanna November 30, 2019 at 5:10 am - Reply

    I agree vaccination has lots of benefits and as a parent it is very important to keep ourselves updated with new changes. Great informative post, will check quiz too.

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      Neha Sharma November 30, 2019 at 11:30 am - Reply

      Yes, do take the quiz, it’s fun & informative. Thanks for reading and sharing!

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    Neha Jain November 30, 2019 at 1:59 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing the details, it’s really important topic for all parents as vaccination is really important and it’s confusing when you are new parents and can’t decide whAt is best

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      Neha Sharma November 30, 2019 at 2:13 pm - Reply

      I hope this post reaches the maximum parents since not many are aware of how to choose the vaccines which are safe as well as effective and are WHO prequalified.

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    Jhilmil D Saha November 30, 2019 at 8:11 pm - Reply

    I know educated individuals who deliberately skip their children’s vaccinations citing examples of what their parents had done. I wish they read this.

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      Neha Sharma December 9, 2019 at 7:02 pm - Reply

      And that’s where we are failing in keeping the kids safe from easily preventable diseases. I hope they understand how important are the vaccines to keep our children safe.

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    Roma November 30, 2019 at 9:33 pm - Reply

    You are right buddy the less painful options are now available thank you for bringing this information to your readers

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      Neha Sharma December 9, 2019 at 6:58 pm - Reply

      I’m happy to share the knowledge šŸ™‚

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    MeenalSonal December 1, 2019 at 7:30 am - Reply

    Thanks for sharing a detail post on vaccination. Even I look for combination of vaccines and do take proper care after each one.

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      Neha Sharma December 9, 2019 at 7:00 pm - Reply

      That’s so great dear, thanks for reading šŸ™‚

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    Deepika December 1, 2019 at 8:07 am - Reply

    I keep an eye which vaccination am I choosing. I definitely ensure it meets all the requirements suggested by WHO. Great post Neha.

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      Neha Sharma December 9, 2019 at 6:55 pm - Reply

      That’s the right thing to do, thanks for stopping by, Deepika šŸ™‚

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    Snigdha December 1, 2019 at 8:12 am - Reply

    This is very much informative . we parents should always keep an eye on new updates and changes in vaccines. I am a new mom now and I can understand this.

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      Neha Sharma December 9, 2019 at 6:47 pm - Reply

      Glad you find it informative, thanks for stopping by šŸ™‚

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    Ujjwal Mishra December 1, 2019 at 11:26 am - Reply

    Great information shared, although both my kids are above the age but will share this with my SIL who is a new mom.

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      Neha Sharma December 6, 2019 at 10:16 am - Reply

      Sure, share with anyone who you think can benefit from the information. Thanks for stopping by šŸ™‚

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    NIHARIKA CHATTERJEE December 1, 2019 at 11:46 am - Reply

    This post is very informative and important for every parent to know regarding vaccines. Thanks for sharing the details

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      Neha Sharma December 6, 2019 at 10:14 am - Reply

      Glad you find it informative, thanks for stopping by

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    Charu December 1, 2019 at 11:57 am - Reply

    I remember the confusion I had about vaccines which one to go for especially the choice between painful and painless one. This is a great informative post for new moms.

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      Neha Sharma December 4, 2019 at 10:16 am - Reply

      I know, have heard a lot of friends talk about the confusion between painful & painless vaccines. I’m happy that you find the post informative, Charu. Thank you šŸ™‚

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    Tina Basu December 1, 2019 at 4:43 pm - Reply

    this is such an important and detailed post on the injections. I know some parents think vaccinations re not important, but these are life saving vaccinations. My son has been ok with injections so far.

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      Neha Sharma December 4, 2019 at 10:15 am - Reply

      Thanks for stopping by dear šŸ™‚

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    Papri Ganguly December 2, 2019 at 10:47 am - Reply

    Great information on vaccines especially combination vaccine. Thanks for sharing.

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      Neha Sharma December 4, 2019 at 10:14 am - Reply

      Glad you find it informative, thank you šŸ™‚

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    Pragnya Mishra December 2, 2019 at 4:59 pm - Reply

    Combination vaccines need more awareness. Though some of them are known to parents, yet not many. A great article to be read by all expecting or new parents.

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      Neha Sharma December 4, 2019 at 10:13 am - Reply

      Yes, you are right dear, still many parents are not aware of the availability of combination vaccines.

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    Ashvini Naik October 8, 2020 at 1:06 am - Reply

    The combination vaccines are so good.

    A very exhaustive & useful post, Neha

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      Neha Sharma October 8, 2020 at 5:32 am - Reply

      Thank you, Ashvini

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