Getting The Right Shots- Importance Of Childhood Immunization

There are numerous studies that have been conducted on the topic of childhood immunization. Despite the various misconceptions regarding the procedure, it is an important procedure that can help your child from contracting dangerous diseases like polio, measles, mumps, chicken pox, HPV and many others. It is best to approach trusted healthcare providers like the medical center in Sharjah for vaccinating your child.With the help of some of the best paediatricians in Sharjah, we have put together an article for you, that can throw some light into the need for vaccinating your child at the right time.Understanding vaccinesVaccines or immunization is a medically proven method that helps in boosting the body’s natural immunity against a disease. It keeps your child from getting and spreading diseases. The idea of immunization is to help the body build up antibodies before your child is possibly exposed to disease-causing microbes. Most vaccines are in fact a weakened form of a disease-causing microbe. This is injected into your child’s body, usually as a shot on the arm or the leg. When the weakened microbes enter a body, the body recognizes them as invading antigens and create antibodies to fight them. The antibodies created remain in the body for years, some of them even remain for life. If your child is ever exposed to the disease-causing germs in his or her lifetime, the antibodies already present in their body will fend off the microbe attack, thus protecting them from being sick. What happens without immunization When immunization is stopped, diseases that have been contained as a result of the procedure may return and infect people. So far, the only disease that has been completely eradicated in the world and doesn’t need a vaccination is smallpox. Every other disease is present and active in different parts of the world, which again exposes your child to the chance of contracting the disease at some point of his or her lifetime. Your child’s paediatricians in Sharjah will recommend you to get your child necessary vaccine shots at the right time to prepare him or her against the harmful microbes present in the world. The effectiveness of immunization Vaccines are very effective in preventing the targeted diseases with 90-100% effectiveness according to the CDC. In rare cases, a child will not become fully immunized against disease even after receiving a vaccination. However, children who are 100% protected from the diseases will not carry or spread the disease among their peers, which in turn protect the ones lacking proper immunization.  Studies further show that even if a child’s immunization isn’t 100%, on exposure to the infection, he or she will suffer from a mild version of the disease as opposed to a child who has not been immunized at all. Necessary immunizations for your child Most countries consider immunization as a prerequisite for enrolling your child in a school or daycare. In doing so, you are protecting your children and their peers from diseases that can lead to serious health conditions. Some of the common immunizations recommended by paediatricians in Sharjah for children between the age of 0 to 8 are –
  • Measles, mumps, rubella
  • Hepatitis B
  • Rotavirus
  • Hepatitis A
  • Pneumococcal
  • Poliovirus
  • Influenza
  • Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis
  • Haemophilus influenza type B
  • Varicella
 Consult your child’s paediatrician for a complete list of immunizations that are necessary for your child at different stages of his or her life. For more information, contact your nearest medical center in Sharjah. 
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