WHO recalls the importance of vaccinating children

The best way to fight against a disease is prevention. There are many ways to work in this direction, from sheltering the smallest in cold situations, to monitoring what is put on the table and the best known tool in this regard: vaccinations. These injectables ensure that both the small, and those around him, keep different diseases away.

This is remembered by the World Health Organization, WHO, on the occasion of the World Immunization Week, which is celebrated from April 24 to 30, 2018. A few days in which to remember that the vaccination saves millions of lives and is one of the most successful and profitable health interventions, however in the world there are 19 million children who have not received this treatment endangering their health and that of their peers.

Vaccines and disease prevention

In this World Immunization Week it is remembered that vaccines guarantee that everyone is protected against diseases. A form of prevention that has proven effective and that calls parents not to fall into false myths adhered to these treatments. Specifically what is sought during this week:

- Highlight the importance of immunization and the deficiencies that continue to present the world coverage of vaccines.

- Point out to donor countries the value of vaccines and the importance of investing in immunization.

- Show the importance that each person has in the promotion of vaccines as a preventive treatment.

In short, to make the population understand the value of vaccines as an immunization system and a fundamental pillar of solid primary care that must be present in universal health coverage. Thanks to these injectables, children are less likely to get sick and therefore not to infect their peers.

A child who has not received these treatments can get a condition and transfer it to the rest of his classmates, in turn causing this problem to hunt down other children. A situation that is as easy to avoid as applying a vaccine during campaigns.

The importance of vaccines for children

Not only WHO highlights the importance of these treatments. Unicef ​​reminds parents of the value of vaccinating children to ensure immunity against diseases that are usually fatal in some cases. This organism indicates that these doses act reinforcing the defenses of the child against the disease but that they only have effect if they are administered before the problem appears.

Vaccinating a child when it shows symptoms of a disease is useless, however, doing so earlier makes the child have the necessary antibodies to cope with conditions contagious like measles or chicken pox. Also these doses are very useful to keep at bay problems as serious as whooping cough that can cause the death of children.

Unicef ​​points out that in some cases parents do not vaccinate their children for possible effects side effects that these generate in the smallest ones: fever, cough, etc. However, this organism points out that all of them have little importance, if they are compared with the possible illness that they would cause by the contagion of it. Another reason argued by some parents is that their children suffer from another condition.

Unicef ​​clarifies that there is no need to fear complications in the disease present in the smallest. Vaccination is perfectly compatible with the treatment of common conditions such as colds, although it is always recommended to consult the pediatrician for possible complications with a drug. In the case of the babies, this organism recommends to maintain the lactancia so that the small one also receives the benefits of this food, as for example its antibodies.

Damián Montero

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