The child’s immune system is developing in the early days of birth. This is a time when children can come in the grip of any mild to severe illness or infection. But we can prevent this problem by providing good upkeep, cleanliness and getting the necessary vaccines given from time to time. Through vaccination, we can protect children from life-threatening diseases like polio, tetanus, measles, whooping cough and meningitis. These vaccines are made from antigens that fight these diseases, which produce antibodies in the body. As a result, your child’s immune system (immunity) is formed, which protects them from these deadly diseases.
Vaccination protects not only your newborn baby, but also your family, people living nearby and friends from these harmful diseases. Regular vaccination also protects our future generations. With this, we can reduce and eliminate many fatal diseases.
A few hundred years ago, people died due to diseases like smallpox, but today things have changed. It is prevented with just one vaccine. However, your child gets vaccinated regularly, this is not enough. Also, it is important to make sure that your child is getting vaccinated according to medical advice on time. The vaccination card has complete information about when and at what time the child will have to be vaccinated and which vaccines have been taken earlier. The vaccination cards are usually given by pediatricians. The card itself gives complete information about which vaccines the child has to undergo till the age of 18 years.
Some special reasons why vaccination cards are important for your child are:
- Safe and effective vaccination
The vaccination card gives a list of the necessary vaccines for your child, which is prepared after scientific research. Every vaccine is given according to your child’s development. For example, BCG vaccine is given after birth. The difference between vaccinations has been made keeping in mind the needs of the growing child’s age and the immune system developing over time. The Medical Board’s suggested vaccination chart is safe and effective for your newborn.
- Vaccination is the child’s medical record
Your child’s immunization card keeps his or her complete medical record. Regardless of how many villages, cities or hospitals you change, but when the vaccine is required to be administered for your child, it is known from the vaccination card itself. If you have a vaccination card, then no other documents are required.
- Also beneficial for parents
Having a record of vaccination eases many problems for parents. For example, if your child goes to day-care facility, school or a doctor wants to know the old record of the child or if you want to go abroad, then you are asked for medical records. It is very useful at such a time. This ensures that your child has been properly vaccinated and there is no risk of any other child coming in contact. Apart from this, keeping a record of vaccination is very important for the child’s own health.
- Also beneficial for doctor
As we have already known that your child’s complete medical information is available in the vaccination card. In such a situation, this information is very beneficial for any doctor. This allows them to know exactly which vaccines have been given to your child or from which vaccines they have not had any kind of allergies or problems.
Now you must have understood what are the benefits of getting the vaccination on time and keeping it fully informed. Know your child’s vaccination through his or her vaccination card.
Disclaimer: A public awareness initiative from GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Limited, Dr. Annie Besant Road, Worli, Mumbai 400030, India. The information provided in this material is for general awareness only. Any information given in this material is not medical advice. Please consult your doctor for any questions or concerns. Seek advice from your pediatrician for information about disease prevention vaccines and when to take the vaccine for each disease.
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