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8 Reasons To Vaccinate Your Baby

Written by Courteney

Posted on April 18, 2016 at 4:11 pm

 

  1. There is no better way than vaccination to protect your baby against potentially life-threatening (but preventable) diseases.
  2. You may think multiple vaccines in the first two years will overburden your child’s system, but that is not the case. A baby could receive 11 different vaccinations at once and it would only use up one thousandth of their immune system.
  3. Vaccines are extremely safe and pass rigorous research, testing and approval by scientists, doctors and the government before dissemination.
  4. The bacteria and viruses in vaccines are weakened and therefore far less potent than the daily microbes babies have come in contact with every second since birth.
  5. While vaccination has drastically reduced the prevalence of many diseases, vaccine-preventable diseases such as the measles, whooping cough and mumps are still circulating in North America (largely due of travelers from countries with no immunization and unvaccinated people), causing several hospitalizations and deaths of children each year.
  6. When large numbers of parents refuse to vaccinate their babies, these preventable diseases thrive and spread easier causing illness and death especially for the immunocompromised.
  7. Vaccinations help protect babies and toddlers against not only diseases, but their subsequent complications such as amputation, hearing loss, seizures or death.
  8. The World Health Organization, The Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, The American Academy of Pediatrics and The American Academy of Family Physicians all strongly recommend immunization of young children against the 14 vaccine-preventable diseases.

Pre And Post Vaccination Tips

Even though vaccinations are essential to protect your child against harmful diseases, it is hard to watch your baby go through a painful ordeal. Thankfully, there are measures you can take to minimize your child’s discomfort throughout this process:

  • Talk to your doctor about any information they may have to share with you about vaccinations, ask about side effects and what to expect post-injection.
  • Swaddle, cuddle, breastfeed or sing to your baby right before and after the shot.
  • maintain both physical and eye contact while the shot is happening to soothe them.
  • Bring a favorite item such as blanket or toy to comfort and distract your baby.
  • Afterward have a cool cloth or ice wrapped in a cloth to reduce discomfort and soreness at the injection site.
  • Keep an eye on your child for a few days to make sure nothing seems out of the ordinary, and contact your doctor with any post-immunization concerns.

More Information About Vaccination

http://www.vaccineinformation.org/infants-children/

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