By Dr Nagaraju Ravikanti
Consultant General Physician
Published on 22/08/2022
Vaccination- a marvel of medicine, is an excellent defense against dangerous, infectious, or chronic diseases. It has saved millions of lives every year around the globe.
We are constantly exposed to viruses, bacteria, and other microorganisms. However, some of these bacteria are beneficial to us, but others cause diseases that can lead to serious illness, disability, or even mortality.
Vaccines assist our immune system in fighting off infections faster and more powerfully. When vaccinated, it stimulates the immune system, thus enabling the body to combat the virus and also attack it in the event of a future invasion. Vaccines are prepared from a small quantity of dead or weak germs, but they are unlikely to cause you any harm or make you sick. Vaccines deliver prolonged immunity to particular infections without the possibility of unfavorable side effects.
Let us learn more about vaccines:
1. Protection from dangerous diseases and improved health:
Vaccines boost our body's immunity to fight infections and keep us healthy. Vaccination is the most effective strategy to protect children and adults against diseases. They can be taken throughout life to prevent human papillomavirus (HPV), influenza, hepatitis B, measles, mumps, tetanus (lockjaw), etc.
Vaccines are among the most secure medications as these are extensively evaluated through research before and during development to ensure they provide the intended benefit without causing unwanted side effects.
2. Safety and prevention:
Usually, it takes many years to develop a vaccine and put it through necessary trials before receiving approval and being used on humans. Moreover, before it is used, health regulatory agencies keep an eye out for any odd side effects.
3. Reducing diseases and saving lives:
Following the introduction of vaccines against many viruses such as smallpox and polio, these diseases have been almost completely eradicated worldwide. Vaccines for many diseases have reduced incidence by 99.9%, it has helped to reduce its symptoms and the fatality rate worldwide.
4. Available, accessible and affordable:
In comparison to medical treatment to cure an illness, a vaccine is simple, inexpensive, and easily accessible. National and international health organizations make the required measures to promote public access to them. When a disease becomes pandemic, vaccines are made available for free, like with the Covid-19 vaccines in numerous countries.
5. Higher life expectancy:
As it is said, prevention is better than cure! Early vaccination protects us from dangerous diseases and thus helps to increase human life expectancy.
6. Childhood vaccinations secure health and development:
Childhood immunizations are critical because newborns and young children are most vulnerable to deadly illnesses and can affect the child's growth and development.Immunizations strengthen their immunity and keep them healthy.
7. The benefit of herd immunity:
Vaccination decreases the spread of an infectious agent and delays transmission. As a result, the entire community is protected, not just those who have been inoculated. Herd immunity can eradicate certain illnesses.
Immunizations are a very vital part of the healthcare system!
Vaccination is a critical element of primary health care and a fundamental human right. A vaccination program is essential for healthy public health and as it also for future generations as it protects their health.
Do not skip your vaccination.
Have control over your health by getting vaccinated at the right time!
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