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Why should children be vaccinated?

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Why should children be vaccinated? Vaccinating your child is important to protect him from serious illnesses. It is also an act of solidarity, which improves the level of health of the entire population.

By providing almost absolute protection against many infections, vaccination has become an essential part of public health around the world. This principle has been constantly revised to achieve a variety of vaccines, safer and more effective.

Vaccinate children: what is it for?

Having your child vaccinated helps prevent them from contracting certain serious infectious diseases which are difficult to treat and/or which can cause complications and sequelae. Among these diseases: tetanus, mumps, whooping cough, meningitis and meningococcal septicemia and many others …

Did you know? When a child becomes ill from a germ, their immune system defends itself by making antibodies to neutralize the germ. Vaccination works the same way while avoiding the dangers of the disease. Indeed, in a vaccine, the microbe is rendered harmless and does not make you sick. But, when it is introduced into the body via the vaccine, the immune system still makes antibodies. So if your child ever encounters a real germ, their immune system will recognize it right away and eliminate it before they can make them sick. Vaccination thus makes it possible to prevent a very large number of diseases and epidemics.

A real public health issue in the world, vaccination is a means of preventing the occurrence of easily avoidable tragedies

That is why the World Health Organization (WHO) organizes vaccination days in developing countries, during which millions of children are vaccinated. According to the WHO, 2 to 3 million lives are saved each year thanks to this simple act of prevention.

Children vaccination: protect himself and others

yourselfHaving your child vaccinated has benefits for himself, but also for the community and for future generations.

Sometimes the only benefit of vaccination is to protect your neighbour. Rubella, for example, is quite a mild disease for little boys. Vaccinating them is, however, important to avoid epidemics that could reach pregnant women and cause very serious fetal malformations.

Other vaccines, such as tetanus toxoid vaccine, however, only provide individual benefit. Since the tetanus bacillus is present in the environment, vaccination will not reduce the risk of infection for the unvaccinated, but it will protect the vaccinated person from this deadly disease.

The usefulness of a vaccine is to protect oneself and to protect others, in particular, the most fragile people around them: newborns, pregnant women, people suffering from a condition contraindicating vaccination, the elderly, etc. This is particularly the case with vaccines against pertussis and measles, which provide protection for infants while they wait for them to be vaccinated.

Vaccinated Children: Vaccination aims to eradicate certain diseases

Between the first vaccine based on an attenuated virus, developed by Louis Pasteur, in 1885, and the first vaccine obtained by genetic engineering (against hepatitis B), in 1980, many successes can to be credited with immunization, the most striking being the eradication of the smallpox virus, which disappeared from the face of the globe in 1977. Poliovirus, which has already been eradicated in Western European countries.

Measles, chickenpox, hepatitis B, whooping cough … many diseases caused by viruses (which can only survive in a human organism) could disappear in the same way, provided that almost the entire population is vaccinated.

In Western countries, major information campaigns are also carried out to encourage parents to have their children vaccinated. For measles vaccination, in particular, it is struggling to exceed a coverage rate of 85%, while vaccinating more than 95% of children would be necessary to make the disease disappear.

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