Facts About Vaccines

Vaccinations have minimized the number of vaccine prone diseases by more than 90%. Immunization has been the savior of our children for more than half a century. There are a number of vaccines very important for a child to grow well. These include Hepatitis A and B, Polio, Influenza and DTP for diphtheria, whooping cough and tetanus. Despite the lack of some certain diseases, it is still advisable to immunize against them since their bacteria still exists and as we all know, prevention is better than cure.

It is natural for certain immunizations to have side effects but rarely serious ones. In case of any abnormalities it is advisable to see a pediatrician. Under this situation, some children may be allergic to certain vaccines depending on medication they are taking. Here, any children near them should have taken the necessary vaccines needed.

The best time for immunization of a child is within the first 2 years as diseases are more fatal then than when older. This is why Hepatitis B is mostly given before child leaves the hospital. Vaccinations work at between 90- 99 percent and in case of any infection after immunization, the effects are usually less serious than one not vaccinated.

There has been no substantial evidence regarding vaccines that may cause autism, even that vaccines cause sudden infant death syndrome, or some vaccines are more dangerous than others.

Some mothers believe that breastfeeding may be enough for their babies and hence no need for immunizations. This is not true although they do work well together. It is actually breastfed children who respond best to vaccines than those not breastfed.It is also safe to give more than one vaccine at a time as the strength of the human immunity cycle is a lot and hence can withstand the vaccines given.

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