Updated: Aug 6, 2020
Childhood vaccines or immunizations can seem quite overwhelming, especially when you are a new parent. So what are vaccines exactly? Vaccines are basically a weakened, or dead version, or part of the virus or pathogen that causes the disease. When children are exposed to a disease in vaccine form their Immune system produces antibodies that are complementary to the virus, this helps prevent them from contracting the actual disease in the future.
In addition, If an unvaccinated child is exposed to a disease germ, the child’s body may not be strong enough to fight off the disease and they may fall ill. There can be costly impacts that follow, resulting in hospitalizations, doctor’s visits and even premature deaths. Sick children can also take away parents’ time from work. Before vaccines, many children died from diseases such as whooping cough, measles, and polio. Those same germs still exist today, but because babies are protected by vaccines, we rarely see these diseases.
Immunizing individual children doesn’t just protect the child themselves , as an individual but it also helps to protect the health of our community (Herd Immunity), especially those people who cannot be immunized (children who are too young to be vaccinated, or those who can’t receive certain vaccines for medical reasons), and the small proportion of people who don’t respond to a particular vaccine.
In some occasions, parents are unsure about the benefits of vaccines due to the Internet’s exposure to the negative side effects that rarely occur. In reality, vaccine’s sole purpose is to effectively prevent and completely eradicate infectious diseases as well as promote widespread immunity. Because of this, it has been proven to be extremely beneficial to start vaccinating people at a young age as well as mandate the requirement of children getting vaccinated in order to enter schools. Therefore, it is advisable for children to get vaccinated due to the fact that it has been proven to save lives and protect future generations.
Remember prevention is always better than treatment.