It’s Baby Coco’s first vaccination and someone is freaking out!
That someone was surprisingly ME.
Now, you may ask, why surprisingly?
I am my household’s brave heart, but when it was about my first born getting pricked, I was terrified. The entire idea of him going through pain with tears rolling out of his precious eyes and running down his cheeks was unbearable. So much so that I made sure my husband accompanied me to the pediatrician. Not because I needed someone to handle the baby, but someone to handle me!
Comes the vaccination day! And we are all geared with baby’s favorites at the pediatrician’s clinic. I am sitting in front of the doc with my notepad filled with questions while the baby is getting his weight checked. Soon, the doctor moves over to the baby. I hear him cry a little and voila, the vaccinations are already done!
Was this magic, I asked the doctor.
Why didn’t my baby cry as much as I feared?
Gone are the days when a vaccination caused lasting side effects and discomfort. Thanks to advanced medical technology, we now have less painful versions of vaccines. These vaccines considerably reduce the possibility of side effects like fever, pain and swelling.
How come there was just one vaccine (injection) for 6 diseases?
These are combination vaccines. Combination vaccines provide protection from up to six childhood diseases in a single shot. Some of these diseases are Tetanus, Diphtheria, Hepatitis B, Pertussis, Polio and Haemophilus Influenza Type B. Thus, there are fewer injections with lesser pain for the baby and reduced number of doctor visits. Now, which parent wouldn’t want that?
But are vaccinations really needed?
As informed & involved parents, we want to give the best to our kids —the best of clothes, food and lifestyle. Then, why not the best kind of immunization? The health of a baby is a parent’s priority and vaccination helps in achieving that.
And over the years, vaccinations have proved their efficacy. Eradication of diseases like polio and small pox is an example of the same.
What are WHO-prequalified vaccines?And why you must ask your doctor about them?
WHO pre-qualifies a vaccine only when the vaccine manufacturer is backed by state-of-the-art research and follows stringent checks at all stages of manufacturing and distribution of the vaccine.
WHO retains the responsibility for ensuring that vaccines meet the requirements for global supply through the UN. Hence, a parent can trust a vaccine which is pre-qualified by WHO. These vaccines are also preservative-free.
Hope this was helpful.
Until next time,
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Jyoti3 years ago
I had been there, when my now 21MO daughter was vaccinated for the first time. And fortunately, she never had fever that's usually anticipated post vaccination.
However now my concern is, from the time she's started understanding what it is like to be vaccinated, she starts crying as soon as I enter the hospital premises itself. She very well recognises now the hospital, her paediatrician's cabin etc. IT'S TOUGH NOW ☹️
Good luck with forthcoming vaccination sessions. The difficult days for the mothers, parents rather.