“If you are not vaccinating your children, why are you taking them to doctors once they are sick,” these are the words of an angry mother whose child has poor immunity and who just found out there is a child in class who has not been vaccinated. Why vaccines are important? In the past few decades, there is been major confusion and misunderstandings about vaccines. Vaccination is an important part of public and family health. They prevent the spread of dangerous, contagious and even deadly diseases. These include dangerous diseases such as polio, chicken pox, measles, mumps, whooping cough, HPV and diphtheria.
The first vaccine discovered was the smallpox vaccine. Smallpox was a deadly disease a century ago and it killed 300 million to 500 million people only in the 20th century. After the invention of the vaccine, the disease was erased from the earth. Smallpox is the only disease to be completely destroyed. Other diseases such as polio and mumps are close to being destroyed. However, it’s important to remember that without a vaccine, many more people would die from dangerous diseases such as smallpox. Instead, we don’t even have to be vaccinated for smallpox anymore and this is what vaccines do for our public health.
What vaccine does to your body? A vaccine can build up your natural immunity to disease and it keeps you from getting the disease in the first place and from spreading the disease. Vaccines provide you with antibodies before you even get sick and, in this way, you don’t even have to go through symptoms of the disease.
How do vaccines work? For the most part, a weakened form of the disease germ is injected into your body which is done by a shot in the arm or leg. Your body detects the germs and produces antibodies to fight them. Those antibodies stay in your body for a long period of time and in many cases, they stay there for the rest of your life. If it happens that you are exposed to the disease, you will be immune to it and you will not get the disease.
Some illnesses like the cold are fairly mild and they don’t cause too many problems but some like polio can cause life-altering changes and they can even result in death. Preventing these illnesses is crucial for your health and life.
It’s important to know that your immune system is there to fight foreign germs that could hurt you. To build the immune system, your body must be exposed to different germs. When your body is exposed to germs for the first time, it produces antibodies to fight it but antibodies stay in your body. Next time, when the same germ enters your body, the antibodies will attack it right away without giving it a chance to make your sick. This is crucial to understanding vaccines and the immune system. Here, we can see why we sometimes we get sick when we get vaccinated, and why that’s important.
Everyone needs to get vaccinated if we want to fight a deadly disease. There is a list of vaccines and at what age they should be given. Get familiar with the list and make sure your children have been vaccinated properly. Most of these vaccines are given to children where 14 different vaccines are given to children before their 6th birthday. Some vaccines can be administrated together with fewer shots.
Vaccines are especially important for high-risk populations such as children and older adults. There are some individuals who cannot get vaccinated such as infants who are younger than two months and people who have certain medical issues. There are also some people who don’t respond well to vaccination. Especially since these people can’t be vaccinated, it is important for everyone else to get vaccinated. This helps in preserving the immunity of most people. The only way to fight deadly disease and destroy them completely is for everyone to get vaccinated.