The Importance of Immunization

vaccines-immunizations- Catch UpImmunizations can save your child’s life by protecting them from diseases like diphtheria, measles, mumps, whooping cough, rotavirus and tetanus. Since many of these diseases do not have effective medical treatments, vaccinating a child is the best way to ensure that they do not develop serious complications which can include paralysis, deafness and even death.

Vaccinations also protect other children and adults in the family who cannot be immunized because they have weakened immune systems from conditions like leukemia. This is due to the fact that it reduces their chances of coming in contact with and subsequently developing the immunizable disease. Vaccinating children against rubella (German measles) also protects pregnant women with healthy immune systems from this disease, which can cause serious birth defects in their unborn babies.

Immunizing children also protects the community at large since it ensures that if some persons develop infectious diseases like influenza and hepatitis, the chances of an epidemic arising are markedly reduced if most people are immunized.

Immunizing children also helps save money because some diseases which can be prevented by vaccinations like meningococcal meningitis and polio can cause high medical bills and expensive long term disability care if acquired. In addition, children with vaccine-preventable diseases can be denied attendance to schools and day care facilities leading to loss of time at work for their parents and guardians.

Other diseases like mumps which can be prevented by immunization, can cause infertility and adversely affect the lives of children decades later. Therefore since the side effects of vaccinations are minimal when compared to the effects of suffering from immunizable diseases, the benefits of immunizing children far outweigh the cons.

Written by: Marian Kim, FizzNiche Staff Writer

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