“Immunization means protection. The most effective and safe way to protect children from contagious diseases is by vaccination.”
– Ministry of health
Vaccines are seen as a major advance in the field of preventive medicine. Vaccines protect children’s health by keeping them from developing or contacting viruses that are highly infectious. Vaccination, also known as immunization, is the mechanism or process of activating an individual’s immune system. This stimulating process will improve immunity and tolerance against certain pathogens. Vaccination is especially important for children, and there is a routine for administering vaccines for newborns and children.
For an unborn baby, the mother’s womb is the highest protection, although he/she does not have any immunization against the viruses. But, as soon as the baby comes out, several types of bacteria or viruses try to enter the baby. And the baby is not immune to fighting them all. Thus, vaccination is highly recommended at birth till they gain their complete immunity against viruses.
Why is external vaccination required for a baby?
As we know, the baby’s immune system is not entirely developed at the time of birth. Although this is just one reason. Another important factor is that baby’s stomachs generate less acid, which allows bacteria and viruses to spread more easily when compared to adults. Hence, giving an external vaccine will help the baby develop a stronger immunity to fight the infections.
When is the right time for vaccinations?
All the vaccines to be given to the baby are expected to finish within the first two years. That is, a baby born now will have to get all the vaccinations within the next two years.
Will all the vaccines be given at once?
No, all the vaccines are not given at once. There is a schedule for the babies to have their vaccines. The schedule includes all the vital vaccines to be provided for the baby within the first two years.
Are vaccines given in doses?
Yes, a couple of higher concentration vaccines are given doses for the babies. On the other hand, few of them are given in a single dose.
What to do if you miss a vaccine?
If your baby has missed one or two shots, speak with your paediatrician at the earliest possible. They will suggest to you the best alternative schedule that can be followed for the baby based on their health and growth conditions.
Planning baby’s vaccination:
If you are worried about planning your baby’s vaccination. Here are the quick steps you can follow,
- Speak to your paediatrician and keep yourself informed with the whole vaccination schedule beforehand.
- Ensure you check the schedule periodically and do not miss a shot for your baby.
- Approach the doctor a few days before the vaccine time and reconfirm the date and time.
- In case of any missed schedule, reach out to the paediatrician immediately and find the best alternative schedule possible.
- Do not hesitate to contact or approach your paediatrician for any queries; having information is the best way for your baby.
*Information shared here is for general purpose. Please take doctors’ advice before taking any decision.