Despite the fact that Immunization is one of the most cost-effective health investments, with proven strategies that make it accessible to even the most hard-to-reach and vulnerable populations, research has made it known that some of the populates still deprive themselves of its benefits through noncompliance.
WHAT IS IMMUNIZATION?
Immunization is the process whereby a person is made immune or resistant to an infectious disease, typically by the administration of a vaccine in form of drops by mouth or injection.
Vaccines stimulate the body’s own immune system to protect the person against subsequent infection or disease.
Immunization is a proven tool for controlling and eliminating life-threatening infectious diseases and is estimated to avert between 2 and 3 million deaths each year.
Immunization main goal is to gear up the body’s immune response. This natural mechanism with the help of immunization schedule can build up resistance to specific infections. Routine baby immunization can help to prevent many diseases which include;
√ Hepatitis B
√ Haemophilus influenza type b (Hib)
√ Whooping cough
IMPORTANCE/BENEFITS OF IMMUNIZATION
1) Immunization is considered to be the safest and the most effective way to help your child with diseases. Immunization gives lesser chances of your child to catch the diseases.
2) The Immunized community can stand up to many infectious diseases. The latest scheduled immunization can help to prevent epidemics and pandemics.
SIDE EFFECT OF IMMUNIZATION
The most common side effects of immunization are mild fever, soreness, and redness at the place of injection. Fortunately, these side effects are temporary and are nothing compared to the greater benefits of immunization. Nevertheless, paracetamol can be used to ease fever.
More than 200,000 children in Nigeria and generally 5 million children in the World die every year because of preventable diseases but with effective immunization, this will be a thing of the past. Immunization is the most effective way to help your child to build the immune system. Small chances of side effects due to immunization can’t overweigh the benefits of immunization. Thanks to many NGOs, International Organizations, and the Government, vaccination is free and available at various health centres.
Visit any health facility close to you to enjoy these great benefits and do not hesitate to ask for more clarification. Arrange a time for the immunization, you will be given immunization card that will help you and your health care provider track all the vaccines your baby has taken and the ones to be taken on subsequent visit. This is a sure way to healthy living.
Stay healthy always.