Vaccination for Babies: What You Need to Know

Things to Know About Vaccinating Babies

As much as there is a need for adults to be taken care of and to keep themselves healthy, we must also remember how fragile infants are. Every parent must take precautionary measures to protect babies from illnesses that are prone to them. They are more likely to be hit by diseases and are vulnerable to any outside factor that might impact them and their bodies in a negative way.

 

Being parents and raising a healthy child is undoubtedly not a walk in the park. Several challenges and trials will be in their plates that they cannot avoid and ones they must face throughout the journey of being parents. However, there are some ways given by science that can make things a little lighter for them and can be of helping hand along the way.

 

Preventive measures can come handy through a vaccine that can be their defence from bacteria and viruses that are threats that can lead to severe illnesses and diseases. However, parents should also be careful and do their research. They must study every vaccine that they intend to give their child. Some vaccines may or may not be suitable for their child’s body. This article will focus on the importance of vaccines for children, the factors parents should consider before giving it to them, and tips to do after.

 

Vaccination is the best way to protect your child against many dangerous diseases.1

 Vaccines prevent illnesses such as diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio,Haemophilus influenzaetype B (Hib), rotavirus, hepatitis B, measles, mumps, rubella, chickenpox, pneumococcal and meningococcal diseases, and human papillomavirus virus (HPV).

 

Influenza (flu) vaccine is also recommended each year for children older than six months. In the United States, if fewer babies are vaccinated, the number of babies who get sick rises.

 

Listed below are some of the vaccines that the Canadian Paediatric Society and the National Advisory Committee on Immunization currently recommend:

 

  • 5-in-1 or 6-in-1 vaccine (also known as DPTP-Hib), DPT-polio, or Hib vaccine protects against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, and Hib disease.
  • Rotavirus vaccine protects infants against rotavirus, the most common cause of severe diarrhoea in babies and young children.
  • The pneumococcal vaccine protects against infections caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae, including meningitis (a brain infection), pneumonia, and ear infections.
  • The meningococcal vaccine protects against diseases caused by meningococcus bacteria, including meningitis and septicemia, a severe blood infection.
  • MMR vaccine protects against measles, mumps, and rubella.
  • Varicella vaccine protects against chickenpox, a very uncomfortable and sometimes severe infection.
  • Hepatitis B vaccine protects against hepatitis B, a severe infection of the liver.
  • DTaP vaccine protects adolescents against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough).
  • The HPV vaccine protects against the types of HPV that cause cervical cancer, some other cancers, and genital warts.

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