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Choosing your vaccinations Compulsory VS Optional

Compulsory And Optional Vaccinations For My Little Wonder

The mechanism of the human body is surely amazing. Once a disease has contacted you, it is unlikely you would get it again. This is because your body develops antibodies to combat that illness, and next time the disease approaches, your body would recognise it and the antibodies in your body would kill them. This is exactly what vaccinations do.

They are present in the body and function as antibodies towards infections. Vaccinations are basically divided into two kinds by doctors - the compulsory ones and the optional ones.

Here are the common new born vaccinations.

DTAP (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis)

Protects from - diphtheria, whooping cough and tetanus.

Given as - five doses in 2nd, 4th, 6th month and between 15th to 18th months and at 4 to 6 years.

MMR (Measles, mumps and rubella)

Protects from - mumps, measles and German measles.

Given as - two doses between 12th to 15th months and 4 to 6 years.

Hib

Protects from - inflammation of the epiglottis, bone infection, heart membrane infection, blood infection, and meningitis

Given as - four doses in 2nd, 4th, 6th months and a booster dose between 12th to 15th months.

Varicella

Protects from - chicken pox.

Given as – two doses between 12th and 18th months and 4 to 6 years.

HepB

Protects from - hepatitis B, a chronic liver illness.

Given as - three doses each at birth, during the 1st to 4th months and 6th to 18th months.

Influenza

Protects from - flu.

Given to children over 6 months, every year till 6 years of age.

Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine

Protects from - meningitis, pneumonia, septicemia and ear infection.

Given at - 2nd, 4th and 6th months and booster shots at 12th to 15th month.

Some optional vaccinations doctors recommend are Chicken Pox Vaccine, H1N1 Vaccine, Human Papillomavirus Vaccine, Hepatitis A Vaccine, Pneumococcal Vaccine and Rotavirus Vaccine.

The list seems too long. But making your child go though each of these compulsory immunization schedules and optional ones, if your local doctor or your paediatrician recommends, will have long lasting benefits on your baby’s life. Keeping a chart with all probable dates is a good idea especially when you change your paediatrician.

The most important step to ensure your child’s present and future would definitely be immunization as you would ensure good health for your child now and in the future. Millions of children’s lives have been saved ever since immunizations were invented.

Immunizations enhance your baby’s immune system thus making him stronger and protecting him form serious infections. A child is naturally born with inborn immunity that it receives from his mother. This immunity is reinforced by a breastfeeding mother as the colostrums is extremely rich in antibodies. This coupled with certain vaccinations ensure a life free from illness and infections for your child.