There is a popular proverb called “Prevention is better than cure”. I could possibly relate that proverb with the term immunization. Does it sound familiar to anyone?
Immunization is one of the best ways to keep your immune so good. In other words, when you vaccinate, your body becomes super powerful. It helps to wipe out all serious vaccine-preventable disease conditions. They include amputation of an arm or leg, paralysis of limbs, measles, mumps, whooping cough, brain damage, hearing loss, convulsions, and even death.
Immunization is the process of giving vaccines to people. It protects from infections caused by harmful micro-organisms. People usually mix up the term vaccination with the vaccine.
Vaccination is the act of giving vaccines to people. The vaccine is an ultimate weapon for immunization. It is invasive but quite economical. It reduces mortality and morbidity rate. Eventually, it reduces both direct and indirect medical costs.
Vaccination is very effective and safe. It is given to children only after a long and thorough review by scientists, doctors, and other health care professionals. It brings pain and causes redness or tenderness at the site of injection. If children are not immunized, they might spread the diseases to other children. It then adds fuel to fire. Complicates the ones with weak immune and sometimes results in death.
Who needs to be vaccinated?
The answer is almost everyone! They include newborn, children, pregnant mothers, older person, and who are medically at risk. However, there are some exceptions like people with severe medical conditions (weak immune).
People with impaired immune systems are susceptible to certain medical conditions. They may not develop immunity even after vaccination. Apart from vaccination, good sanitation and hygiene play a major role. It reduces the risks of exposure to disease and infection.
Although, immunization is not just for kids. Even adults need them at times. It depends on factors like age, health conditions, and travel plans. In fact, travelers unexpectedly bring diseases home. So, It is strictly advised to take a shot while traveling to certain countries.
When the people in the community get appropriate vaccination, the morbidity rate falls or even stops. As long as people are vaccinated, the disease will not spread. It is called herd immunity.
Today, vaccines have eliminated many diseases that have killed numerous people. It saves millions of lives every year. With that, you could protect yourself, your children, and the community. In this way, it helps to save the upcoming generations.
Therefore, take a shot at the appropriate age. Follow the National Immunization Schedule.