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Our child is a blessing from god so is vaccine in child’s life, as it helps the child protect against diseases like mumps, measles, whooping cough, meningitis, polio and many others. But, it’s a sad truth that in India, still many kids die due to these diseases preventable by vaccines. That’s why Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, initiated Mission Indradhanush to spread awareness about vaccination in rural areas. So, what is a vaccine? A vaccine is nothing but a mild or killed form of microbe in the form of virus or bacteria which is injected into the body to help the body learn to recognise it and fight against it if it enters later in the child’s life.

Immunisation schedule for Infants in India

 

                                                               

Source-https://mohfw.gov.in/sites/default/files/245453521061489663873.pdf

Other Vaccines are

  • Varicella which protects from chickenpox, 1st dose is given between 12-15 months of age and second dose is given between 4-6 years of age.

  • Pneumococcal Conjugate which protects from pneumonia, meningitis, and bacteremia, 3 primary doses at 6, 10, 14 week is given, one booster dose between 15-18 months.

 

Importance of vaccination

  • We always want our child to be healthy, vaccination is a best tool that protects child’s life from deadly diseases. So, we should never miss a vaccine and if we do, we should consult our doctor if rescheduling is possible.

  • In case of an epidemic in the country, vaccinated child will be safe and can prevent spreading of preventable diseases.

  • Children who are not vaccinated can spread diseases to others who cannot be vaccinated like elderly and person with low immunity like cancer patients.

  • Vaccination can prevent our child from many dangerous ailments like amputation of arm or leg, hearing loss, paralysis and polio.

  • Many schools and playgroup has made it mandatory to get their child vaccinated to get admission, which is a good initiative to eliminate these deadly diseases.

  • World health Organisation (WHO) and the United Nation’s Children’s Fund (UNICEF) also promote and spread awareness of giving vaccination to each and every child.

  • Some infectious diseases can come to home country from other countries through immigrants so, if a child is vaccinated, we are rest assured that the infection will not spread.

Though vaccinations are painful, but we as parent should never avoid it and try to face it by supporting our child through using motivating language and standing by their side to comfort them. So, hope all our parents got a basic idea about vaccination schedule and their importance. R For  Rabbit wishes every child be blessed with good health and life full happiness, innocence and naughtiness!!