There are many questions and doubts which comes in the mind of a mother when it comes to her child’s health. Here we have compiled some commonly asked questions on vaccination.
Q - Which are the necessary vaccinations for my child?
- At 6 weeks – Diphtheria w1 (DTP), OPV1
- At 10 weeks – DTPw2, OPV2
- At 14 weeks – DPTw3, OPV3
- 9 months – Measles
- 15 month and 5 yrs MMR and Chicken Pox
- 18-24 months – DTPw B1, OPV B1 (Booster)
- 5 years – DTB2, OPVB2
The other important vaccinations are -
- Rotavirus oral – To prevent against Rota viral infection
- Pneumococcal Vaccination – To prevent against pneumococcal pneumonia
- Hepatitis A 2 doses at one year and 2nd dose six months later.
- Rabies (in special situations)
- Polio Vaccines
It is important to have a balanced diet which will provide multiple nutrients required for your body.
Q- Why vaccination is important? What is the role of vaccines?
Vaccines work by preparing the body to fight illness.
Q- Will my child’s immune system be weaker after vaccination?
No, the immune system makes antibodies against a germ, like the chickenpox virus, whether it encounters it naturally or is exposed to it through a vaccine.
Q- Is my child safe after vaccination? Does that mean he/she will not get any illness for which the vaccination is provided?
Vaccinations help in protecting your child. The chances of getting infected are reduced by 80%-90%.
Q- Are there any side effects of vaccination?
There are no major side effects. A child may have a mild fever which can last for a couple of days.
Q- Why do kids who are healthy, active, and eating well need to be immunized?
As mentioned earlier, vaccination is helpful in preparing your child’s body to fight against illness. Hence it is important to get your child immunized.
Q- How long does immunity last after getting a vaccine?
A few vaccines, like the two for measles or the series for hepatitis B, may make you immune for your entire life. Others, like tetanus, last for many years but require periodic shots (boosters) for continued protection against the disease.
Q- What if I miss a couple of vaccine dosages? Will it harm my child?
Ideally, you should not miss any vaccines. You should consult the paediatrician near you, the moment you realize that you have missed any vaccines.
Delay in vaccines would mean, the increased risk of getting infected by it prevails.