As a mom, you want to do everything possible to ensure your children are healthy and protected from preventable diseases. The best way to do this is through vaccination.
There are various controversies surrounding vaccines. However, vaccines are an essential immune boost for your baby. They serve as an extra layer of protection against certain diseases. This article will discuss what vaccines are and what type suits your child.
Importance of vaccination
Vaccination protects your growing child from severe illnesses and complications of vaccine-preventable diseases, including amputation of an arm or leg, paralysis of limbs, hearing loss, convulsions, brain damage, and death.
Is natural protection enough for my baby?
It’s not enough. Around 6 months, they become vulnerable to diseases. It is best to administer the vaccination to cushion them from invaders.
Do vaccines have side effects?
Yes, they do. But they’re minimal and sometimes called low-grade effects. Your baby might not experience any side effects. Common side effects are headaches, fever, swollen hands or legs, common cold, etc.
Childhood vaccines timeline
The 6-in-one vaccine is usually given to all babies at 8, 12 and 16 weeks of age. This protects them against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio, Hib (Haemophilus influenzae type b) and hepatitis B.
Pneumococcal or pneumo jab (PCV) is given at 8 weeks, 16 weeks and one year of age. It protects your baby against some types of pneumococcal infection.
The Rotavirus vaccine is given at 8 and 12 weeks of age. It protects against rotavirus infection, a common cause of childhood diarrhoea and sickness.
Men B vaccine is given at 8 weeks, 16 weeks and one year of age. It protects against meningitis (caused by meningococcal type B bacteria).
Hib/Men C vaccine is given at one year of age and protects against Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) and meningitis caused by meningococcal group C bacteria.
MMR vaccine is given at 4 months, one year, and three years of age. It protects against measles, mumps, and rubella.
Vaccinations are harmless and help strengthen your baby’s immune system. They also prevent them from contracting dangerous diseases. Ensure your baby is well vaccinated. Never miss their schedule. A happy baby is a happy mama.