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.
That made me think – because I’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.
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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