4 Reasons Why I Listen to My Pediatrician and Get My Child Vaccinated

January 9, 2020 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Health and Wellness

Of late there has been a lot of debate in India about the need for vaccinating children. This was intensified last year when rumours started escalating about the possible side effects of vaccines.

While I may not be an expert on the matter, personally I have always ensured my son receives all vaccinations as per the current immunization schedule. Here are 4 reasons I listen to my doctor and get my child vaccinated.

1. It is recommended by World Health Organization (WHO) and Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP):

Both WHO and IAP are established organizations led by capable, dedicated healthcare professionals who are focused on public health. As I mentioned, I may not be an expert on this matter, but I rely on the advice of my doctor and the sound judgement of these establishments. Both organizations recommend a standard vaccination schedule be followed for children.

2. Vaccination can save lives:

Vaccines can prevent diseases such as measles, meningitis, pneumonia, tetanus and polio. Many of these diseases can be life-threatening or cause life-long disabilities. World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that vaccination averts about 2-3 million deaths every year.

In fact, some diseases that once afflicted millions of people have now been completely eliminated due to effective vaccines. Polio is one such example of a disease which has been completely eradicated in India thanks to the government’s Universal Immunization Program.

3. Prevention is better than cure (or lack of it):

Vaccination is a cost-effective health investment that does not require any changes to lifestyle. When children do not get vaccinated, they are prone to diseases which can be life-threatening  or incurable. Even in case a cure does exist, prolonged illnesses and repeated medical treatments can take a physical, mental and financial toll on the entire family. Vaccination is a preventive measure which is a one-time investment in the child’s health and wellness.

4. Communities depend on immunization:

Avoiding vaccination not only puts our children at risk but also those around them. New-born babies who are yet to receive immunization, elderly family members, people with chronic medical conditions or allergies are more likely to contract contagious diseases and develop complications as a result. Vaccination ensures that the community at large is safeguarded from vaccine-preventable illnesses.

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Disclaimer: This is a general information post based on my experience and research. This post should not be mistaken for professional medical advice.

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  1. Ramya Ravindra Barithaya said on March 8, 2020 4:20 pm:

    Informative article

    1. Baby & Beyond said on April 27, 2020 9:34 am:

      Hi Ramya, glad to know you found the information helpful.