The Importance of Immunizing your Child

Published: 12th February 2009
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Children have a weak immunity compared to adults, as a child's immune system is still in developmental stages. That makes it critically important to boost the child's immunity by external methods, in order to protect him against several infectious and disease-causing germs present in the environment.

Even though immunization programs have become a controversial issue over the years, with several skeptics trying to analyze the costs versus benefits of immunizing a child against potentially life-endangering diseases, the medical research community is by far still of the opinion that the benefits of immunizing a child far outweighs any potential risks that such immunizations may carry.

A majority of researchers are of the firm opinion that side effects of immunization are mild and insignificant compared to the life-saving benefits that they have for a child. Therefore, it is better not to get influenced by unscientific opinions and myths against immunization of children.

Polio was a dreaded disease among children in North America prior to the development of a polio vaccination. The infection has been totally controlled in the west, while in some third world countries; polio control programs are making rapid progress. Immunization against measles helps prevent millions of deaths each year, across the globe. Meningitis is another dreaded disease that occurs among children, and has been brought under control with the Hib vaccine. Several hundred thousand children used to suffer from whooping cough in the U.S. alone, before a vaccine was invented to control the spread of the disease. Diphtheria was a mass killer among children before the advent of immunization against this disease. Tetanus is another deadly infection that has been brought under control with the help of immunization programs in North America and Europe.

Here is a brief comparative cost-benefit analysis of immunization programs on some of the common diseases:

TETANUS: Without immunization, nearly 10% of the children will die. During immunization, nearly 20% will suffer temporary discomfort and swelling in the area of injection, and about 5% children will experience mild fever for 2 to 3 days.

WHOOPING COUGH: In absence of immunization, about one percent of children below six months of age will die. With immunization, similar temporary side effects as tetanus immunization will be faced.

HIB MENINGITIS: Without immunization, nearly five percent of children will die of the infection. With immunization, the side effects are mild, fever is rarely experienced, and no serious after effects have been attributed to the vaccination.

MEASLES: Without immunization, this infection can lead to pneumonia complications in many cases, or even ear infections. In some cases, the victim may suffer from brain damage or may die. With immunization, very few children suffer from temporary discomfort and any other serious after effects are almost negligible in numbers.

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