With so many parenting theories around, sometimes being a parent can feel like it’ll be a lifelong journey of wondering if you’ve done the right thing, especially when it comes to vaccinations.
The facts behind immunisation
- According to the World Health Organisation, immunisation prevents between two and three million deaths around the world, annually.
- Vaccinations have eliminated a number of life-threatening diseases and are behind the near extinction of many others. In the US, for instance, cases of polio virtually cease to exist – whereas previously the disease took a devastating number of lives in America.
- Research reveals that between the 20th and 21st century in America – where vaccinating is mandatory for school going children, and is exempt for personal and religious reasons in only a few states – cases of smallpox and diphtheria have decreased by 100%. There’s also been a 99% reduction in cases of polio, measles, mumps, rubella and CRS.
- South African reports revealed similar successes. According to the South African Journal of Infectious Diseases, immunisation in children has taken control of a number of life-threatening diseases, including eliminating the wild polio virus, maternal and neonatal tetanus, and drastically reducing the cases of measles.
Benefits of vaccinations for children
Vaccinations protect your child
Similarly to how we don’t know what we’ve got until it’s gone, the benefits of vaccinating are invisible until we fail to do so. It’s impossible to know how many times your child is exposed to a vaccine-preventable disease and fights it off as a result of immunisation.
Vaccinations prevent the spread of disease
If it takes a village to raise a child, it also takes a village to save one. The decision not to vaccinate places the most vulnerable at risk: young babies, pregnant women, the elderly and those who can’t be vaccinated because of immune-weakening diseases such as leukemia. Vaccinating your child is the very best way you can help prevent disease spreading and infecting those who can’t protect themselves.
Vaccinations are safe
Although injections may occasionally amount to tenderness and mild side effects in children, the benefits of vaccines far outweigh this passing discomfort. Although allergic reactions are possible, they’re the extreme exception. Vaccines only get the nod of approval from governing bodies after rigorous testing and thorough review processes.
Immunisation makes financial sense
In comparison to the cost of treating a child who is infected with a serious disease, the cost of vaccinating children is minimal. It’s a vital investment in your family’s long-term health.
Xanet is an award-winning journalist and Living and Loving’s digital editor. She has won numerous awards for her health and wellness articles and was a finalist for the Discovery Journalist of the Year in 2009 and again in 2011 for the Discovery Best Health Consumer Reporting and Feature Writing category. She is responsible for our online presence across social media channels and makes sure our moms have fresh and interesting articles to read every day. Learn more about Xanet Scheepers.