As part of the Global Vaccination Awareness Campaign, Nicky Manson, mom of two, takes a look at the vaccinations your baby will need in their first year and why.
The medical website, www.medicinenet.com, defines the term vaccination as ‘an injection of a killed microbe in order to stimulate the immune system against the microbe, thereby preventing disease’. Vaccinations, or immunisations, work by stimulating the immune system, the natural disease-fighting system of the body. The healthy immune system is able to recognise invading bacteria and viruses and produce substances (antibodies) to destroy or disable them. Immunisations prepare the immune system to ward off a disease.
Immunisation is recommended by pediatricians, doctors and midwives and according to research, vaccinating your child from birth can help to prevent a host of serious childhood diseases. Most children can be safely vaccinated with very few side effects, such as a rash, swelling or bruising at the site of the injection and a mild fever. However, there are exceptions, and history has shown that some children with allergies to something in a vaccine can react entirely differently. Children with compromised immune systems may also react badly.