Importance of Immunization:
Every year, over a million children die due to diseases that could have easily been prevented through immunization. These diseases include measles; meningitis, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, yellow fever, polio and hepatitis B among others. Even though a majority of health professional from around the globe recommend immunization, especially among infants and pregnant women, a lot many people ignore to understand its need and importance.
This article will focus on explaining why it is important that each child is given a series of recommended immunization, especially into the first and second year of their development.
Immunizations can save your child’s life:
Before routine vaccinations among children were introduced, prominent diseases like measles, neonatal tetanus, and pertussis were the leading cause of child death globally. According to the WHO estimate of 2009 –Annually, immunization saved more than 3 million lives globally, & millions more from illness and permanent disability. With safe and effective vaccines your child can be protected against more diseases than ever before.
Vaccination is very safe and effective. All vaccines are carefully studied and reviewed by doctors, health care professionals and scientists before it is given to children. Countries & governments work towards establishing strong & sustainable immunization programmes to ensure that every child receives the right vaccine in the right place and at the right time.
Immunizations can save your family time and money. Getting vaccinated against diseases is a good investment as it allows huge savings against the cost of treatment & is usually covered by insurance. Getting immunized costs very little, but offers huge benefits for the health and well-being of people.
Immunization protects future generations. Vaccines have reduced and, in some cases, eliminated many diseases that killed or severely disabled people just a few generations ago.
Act today, as immunization is the most cost-effective health care intervention there can be. As Ezekiel Emanuel said – Childhood vaccination not only helps save a life, but greatly reduces spending on future healthcare.