What do you think: Vaccination

By admin
10 October 2014

We recently asked our Facebook SuperMoms if they vaccinate their kids. Here’s their response...

We recently asked our Facebook SuperMoms if they vaccinate their kids. Here’s their response...

What SuperMoms think:

Suzy Oliveira Neves: Absolutely. I feel it's completely irresponsible not to.

Hlengiwe Mdletshe: Yes, its very important.

Renette Havenga: Everyone...compulsory and mandatory ... It's not going to stop your kid from getting sick, but it will help them to be “strong” enough to overcome it. That’s important. I only have the 6-year-old one left to do.

Hanri Dreyer-Wright: Definitely! It’s stupid not to do it.

Tania Robb: No!!!

Five important reasons to vaccinate your child:

1.     It can save your child’s life - Vaccination protects children from serious illness and complications of vaccine-preventable diseases which can include amputation of an arm or leg, paralysis of limbs, hearing loss, convulsions, brain damage, and death.

2.     Vaccination is very safe and effective - All vaccines undergo long and careful review by scientists, doctors, and the federal government to make sure they are safe. Vaccines will involve some discomfort and may cause pain, redness, or tenderness at the site of injection but this is minimal compared to the pain, discomfort, and trauma of the diseases these vaccines prevent.

3.     It protects others you care about - If children aren’t vaccinated, they can spread disease to other children who are too young to be vaccinated or to people with weakened immune systems, such as transplant recipients and people with cancer. This could result in long-term complications and even death for these vulnerable people.

4.    Vaccination can save your family time and money - Some vaccine-preventable diseases can result in prolonged disabilities and can take a financial toll because of lost time at work, medical bills or long-term disability care.

5.   It protects future generations - We all have a public health commitment to our communities to protect each other and each other’s children by vaccinating our own family membersVaccines have reduced and, in some cases, eliminated many diseases that killed or severely disabled people just a few generations ago. If we continue vaccinating now, and vaccinating completely, parents in the future may be able to trust that some diseases of today will no longer be around to harm their children in the future.

For more information and advice about vaccination and your child click on the following links:

Why it’s important to stick to a vaccination schedule

An injection against cancer

A-choo! Get vaccinated!

-        Janine Nel

Sources: caringforkids.cps.ca, kidshealth.org, parents.com

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