Parents always want to do what is best for their children. You know many ways to keep babies safe. But, did you know that one of the best ways to protect your children is to make sure they have all of their vaccinations?
Vaccines save lives. You have the power to protect your baby from dangerous illnesses like measles, tetanus and hepatitis. Being a parent is a big responsibility, and the best thing you can do for your child’s health, it is- to learn the facts so that you can make the best choices. Getting your child vaccinated on time will help protect him or her against vaccines preventable diseases.
Immunization can save your child’s life, because of advances in medical science; your child can be protected against more diseases than ever before. Some diseases that once injured or killed thousands of children, have been eliminated completely and others are close to extinction– primarily due to safe and effective vaccines. Polio is one example of the great impact that vaccines had overcome. Polio was most-feared disease, causing death and paralysis across the world, but today, thanks to vaccination, it’s improving its ratio in affecting children.
Vaccination is very safe and effective. Vaccines are only given to children after a long and careful review by scientists, doctors, and healthcare professionals. Vaccines will involve some discomfort and may cause pain, redness, or tenderness at the site of injection but this is minimal compared to the pain, discomfort, and trauma of the diseases these vaccines prevent. Serious side effects following vaccination, such as severe allergic reaction, are very rare. The disease-prevention benefits of getting vaccines are much greater than the possible side effects for almost all children.
Immunization protects others too who you care about. This not only protects your family, but also helps prevent the spread of these diseases to your friends and loved ones. Immunizations can also save your family time and money. A child with a vaccine-preventable disease can be denied attendance at schools or child care facilities. Some vaccine-preventable diseases can result in prolonged disabilities and can take a financial toll because of lost time at work, medical bills or long-term disability care. In contrast, getting vaccinated against these diseases is a good investment and usually covered by insurance
Immunization protects future generations too. Vaccines have reduced and in some cases, eliminated many diseases that killed or severely disabled people. For example, by vaccinating children against rubella (German measles), the risk that pregnant women will pass this virus on to their fetus or newborn has been dramatically decreased. If we continue vaccinating now, and vaccinating completely, parents in the future may be able to trust that some diseases of today will no longer be around to harm their children in the future.
Save the Children, Give the Vaccine!