A simple vaccine can protect you and your family from all sorts of preventable diseases ranging from
– Chicken Pox.
– Yellow Fever.
1:- Immunization give you and your kids the best start to a healthy life and future.
Vaccines have reduced and in some cases eliminated completely some diseases that posed threat few generations ago with smallpox and polio in Nigeria been major examples of how effective vaccines can be in fighting preventable diseases.
But we still have pockets of issues with polio in some parts of the north and measles in Nigeria with as much as 6000 new cases and over 15 fatalities reported by the Nigeria Center for Disease Control at the beginning of 2019 alone the reason why we all should embrace vaccines..
2:- Immunization saves life.
immunization is simply the best and most effective way to protect yourself and child from serious diseases. To understand how immunization saves life, I think we need to revisit history.
The first true vaccine discovered was the smallpox vaccine. Smallpox was a deadly illness a century ago. It killed 300 million to 500 million people around the world in the 20th century alone until Edward Jenner among others came up with smallpox vaccine in 1796 and right now small pox does not exist all over the world.
As recently as 2012 Nigeria was Africa’s only remaining polio-endemic country, and the number of confirmed new wild poliovirus cases was increasing but all these has now been reduced through combined efforts of different stakeholders in the health industry.
3: – Vaccines are Safe and Effective.
Vaccines today are the safest they’ve even been. Despite some drawbacks and stories that are abundantly available on the internet about various issues with vaccines, they remain the best protection our children have against preventable diseases like diphtheria, Haemophilus influenzae serotype b infection, hepatitis B, measles, meningitis, mumps, pertussis, poliomyelitis, rubella, tetanus, tuberculosis among others.
4: – Immunization protects the community and the people we love.
Vaccination programs do not just directly benefit the immunized child but also indirectly benefit unimmunized persons through community (“herd”) immunity.
When a large percentage of a community is immune to a certain disease, it can reduce disease transmission and protect any individuals who cannot protect themselves.
5: – Immunization protects the community and the people we love.
Imagine the scenario and the cost of emergency doctor’s visits, hospitalization, denied attendance to school, having to miss work and schedules due to running around with your sick child and premature death all because of diseases that could have been taken care of through timely vaccinations?
All of the above and more are the reasons why you should ensure that your kids follow through on all required and scheduled vaccines for them.
It’s for their today, tomorrow and the future.
The question now is: Are your kids keeping to their Immunization schedule?
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