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Importance of vaccination among children

Why are childhood vaccines so important?

A simple answer to the question is the following: It is always better to prevent a disease than to treat it after it occurs.

Vaccination has allowed us to prevent the kinds of diseases and infections that used to be common virtually everywhere in the world, including measles, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), rubella (German measles), mumps, tetanus, rotavirus and many more. Vaccines have saved millions of people over the course of the years, either by preventing significant deterioration of health or even death.
The immune system is our shield against diseases. 

Immunity is the body’s way of preventing diseases. Children are born with an immune system that is composed of cells, glands, organs and fluids, located throughout the body. 
The immune system recognizes germs that enter the body in the form of “foreign invaders” (called antigens) and produces proteins called antibodies to counter them.

The immune system is our shield against diseases 

Immunity is the body’s way of preventing diseases. Children are born with an immune system that is composed of cells, glands, organs and fluids, located throughout the body. 

The immune system recognizes germs that enter the body in the form of “foreign invaders” (called antigens) and produces proteins called antibodies to counter them.

The immune system explained 

Once a child is infected with a specific antigen (e.g.: measles virus), the immune system responds by producing antibodies that counter the specific virus. However, this takes time… The immune response is usually not fast enough to avoid antigens immediately, which is why children end up getting infected, regardless of how strong their immune system may be.

Moreover, the immune system “remembers” a variety of antigens and is capable of producing antibodies fast enough to counter a previously contracted disease efficiently, even years later. This defense mechanism is called immunity.

Perhaps, every parent would want to find a way to ensure that their children have the kind of immune system that would shield them against all sorts of diseases out there. The best part is that the solution to the problem is out there, in fact: vaccination.

Vaccines

Vaccines contain disease-causing antigens (or parts of these antigens). For example, measles vaccine already contains the measles virus, but these antigens are either killed or weakened to a point that they can no longer lead to an actual outbreak of the disease.

However, these antigens are potent enough to force the immune system to produce antibodies, which ensure that the child is disease-proof, without ever having to suffer from its symptoms. This is precisely how vaccination boosts the immune response among children.

More facts

•    Newborns tend to be immune to most diseases, as their bodies contain the antibodies they inherit from their mothers. However, this immunity disappears during the first year.
•    If an unvaccinated child is exposed to a germ, his/her body may not be strong enough to manage to fight the disease.
•    Immunizing individual children helps prevent spread of diseases, simultaneously protecting the health of the entire community—especially those who cannot be vaccinated (for example, children that are too young to be vaccinated, or those who are unable to receive certain vaccines for a variety of medical reasons) and a small portion of those who may not respond to a particular vaccine.
•    Prevention of diseases through vaccination also helps minimize typical medical expenses by eliminating the need for medical appointments, potential hospitalization and treatment.  

As for those of you choosing to take advantage of health insurance from TBC Insurance, vaccination is even more effortless, and may even be included in the insurance plan.

 

Author: Likuna Khazaradze