Vaccines are one of the most important tools we have to protect our children from preventable diseases. They work by exposing the body to a weakened or inactive form of a virus or bacteria, which help the body, develop immunity to the disease. Vaccines are safe and effective, and they have helped to save millions of lives.
Here are 3 important vaccinations that your child should not miss:
- Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV)
Pneumonia is a lung infection that can be caused by a variety of bacteria, including Streptococcus pneumonia. PCV is a vaccine that protects against 13 strains of Streptococcus pneumonia. It is given in four doses, starting at 2 months of age.
Pneumonia is a serious disease that can be fatal, especially in young children. It can also lead to other complications, such as ear infections, meningitis, and sepsis. PCV can help to prevent these serious complications.
- Rotavirus vaccine
Rotavirus is a virus that causes diarrhea. It is the most common cause of severe diarrhea in infants and young children. Rotavirus can lead to dehydration, which can be fatal, especially in young children.
The rotavirus vaccine is given in two doses, starting at 2 months of age. It is very effective at preventing rotavirus infection.
- Hepatitis B vaccine
Hepatitis B is a virus that can cause inflammation of the liver. It can be spread through blood, semen, and other bodily fluids. Hepatitis B can be a serious disease, and it can lead to liver failure, liver cancer, and death.
The hepatitis B vaccine is given in three doses, starting at birth. It is very effective at preventing hepatitis B infection.
These are just three of the many important vaccinations that your child should not miss. It is important to talk to your child’s doctor about the recommended vaccination schedule for your child’s age and health status.
In addition to the three vaccines listed above, other important vaccines for children include:
- Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (DTP)
- Polio (IPV)
- Measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR)
- Chickenpox (Varicella )
- Influenza (flu) every year
Vaccines are safe and effective, and they are one of the best ways to protect your child from preventable diseases. Talk to your child’s doctor today about getting your child vaccinated.
Here are some additional information about the importance of vaccines:
- Vaccines are not 100% effective, but they are very effective. The measles vaccine, for example, is 97% effective at preventing measles.
- Vaccines can have side effects, but they are usually mild and go away on their own. The most common side effect of the measles vaccine is a rash.
- The benefits of vaccines outweigh the risks. Vaccines have helped to save millions of lives.