Why you should not delay DTP Booster vaccines for your child in the pandemic.

Why you should not delay DTP Booster vaccines for your child in the pandemic.

COVID-19 and vaccinations

It’s been a year since Covid-19 came into our lives and bought with it tons of uncertainty and fear. Being a physician, I have always feared passing on the infection to my loved ones. However, one comforting fact that has come to light is that the pediatric age is not a high-risk group for contracting the virus. The fewer number of cases have been a reassuring proof. 

However, a mother’s heart is never satisfied when it comes to her kid’s safety. Like many other moms out there, I was also highly sceptical about stepping out with my kids. My paediatrician’s words were very helpful at this time. 

Maintain the schedule of vaccinations 

In spite of the coronavirus scare, I didn’t deter from giving my preschooler his booster vaccinations. The reason being, kids might not be susceptible to COVID-19 but are pretty much at risk for other diseases common in their age group. Hence right vaccine at the right time is of utmost importance. 

Delaying or missing vaccination means the child will be unprotected for longer. In this time span if he contracts a disease that had a vaccine then how unfortunate would that be. Also, without a booster, the disease will run its full course and the child might end up with complications too. 

Why is DTP booster vaccine important?

I got my child vaccinated with new age, four in one vaccine DTap-IPV. It provides protection against four common diseases with one prick i.e. Diphtheria, Tetanus, whooping cough and Polio. The best thing a mother could ask for.

  • Diphtheria involves the formation of a thick covering in the back of the throat. This causes difficulty in breathing. It also affects the nerves of the head and neck region leading to paralysis, heart failure and other neurological problems.
  • Tetanus involves painful contraction of the muscles, usually all over the body. It causes a spasm of the muscles of mouth and neck making it difficult to cry, swallow or open the mouth. It is fatal in up to 2 out of 10 cases.
  • Pertussis (whooping cough) manifests as coughing spells so bad that it is hard for infants to eat, drink, or breathe. They can last for weeks. It might also cause pneumonia, seizures, brain damage, and death.
  • Polio causes muscle weakness and eventually flaccid paralysis of the legs. It can also cause weakness of the head, neck and the diaphragm leading to respiratory problems. 

Why does your child need booster doses anyway?

  • Booster vaccines are a top-up for our immune system. 
  • It also helps stop the spread of infection to other high-risk groups like grandma, grandpa or siblings in the same house.
  • Immunity against Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis wanes over time and hence the need to give boosters. 

A single vaccine provides full-dose antigenic strength of Diphtheria, Tetanus and acellular Pertussis for preschoolers. 

The dosing frequency and a number of visits also reduce, making it a number one choice among parents and practitioners. It also increases the compliance to the vaccination schedule, thus providing sustained protection against common diseases.

Your child’s DTP booster vaccination is a must. #DontWaitVaccinate and know more about the Right DTP vaccine. 

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The views expressed in the blog content are independent and unbiased views of solely the blogger. This is a part of the public awareness initiative supported by Sanofi Pasteur India. Sanofi Pasteur India bears no responsibility for the content of the blog. One should consult their healthcare provider for any health-related information.

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References:

https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/dtap.html

https://www.iitk.ac.in/hc/vaccination-schedule


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This Post Has 51 Comments

  1. Alpana Deo

    I have seen parents skipping booster doses but they need to understand that staying on track with the immunization is going to help their kids. They cannot miss or skip any of the doses.

    1. Dr. Rahat Sayyad

      Yea me too. I have to literally convince parents to get their booster doses given. The most common reason i hear from my patients is we have one dose already whats the need for another one.

  2. Dr. Surbhi Prapanna

    Yes vaccination are boon for new age parents and booster dose are equally important to give proper protection against disease. Thanks a lot for reminding us. Will cross check with my doctor about it.

    1. Dr. Rahat Sayyad

      Yes absolutely. Infact i have set reminders so i dont miss out on any doses

  3. Preeti Chauhan

    While I do not endorse the idea of vaccination against common ailments , I do think that DPT is a serious enough disease and all the boosters should be timely taken by the child to ensure protection.

    1. Dr. Rahat Sayyad

      Indian academy of Pediatricians has a compulsory immunizations chart in which only those diseases that are infections, dangerous, preventable and most common in our country- have been included. Like dpt, polio, influenza. The rest are under optional vaccines

  4. Ujjwal Mishra

    Vaccination is very important decision that parents make on behalf of kids. Its surprising to see people who do not believe in Vaccination. Very informative post about DTP booster.

    1. Dr. Rahat Sayyad

      Absolutely ujjwala. Anti-vaxers simply lack the right information or fail to believe

      1. momcaptureslife

        Yes vaccination are very important for child growth and booster dose are equally important to give proper protection against disease.

  5. Jhilmil

    Right booster dose at the right time is very important in keeping our children safe and well protected. Delaying or skipping vaccination exposes kids adversely.

    1. Dr. Rahat Sayyad

      Right and these are doses against diseases that can be prevented easily

  6. simisp

    Vaccination on time is really important for babies to prevent from getting different health issues… I always set reminder and get it done for my kid.

    1. Dr. Rahat Sayyad

      Yes me too. Amidst work n home i tend to forget the appointments😅

  7. anurbannomadic

    I didnt know or rather realsie that vacaines also stop the spead of infection to grandparents. That’s an added reason to take the vaccines on time

    1. Dr. Rahat Sayyad

      Yes old age people constitute the high risk group. And uf the child is infected with a disease like diphtheria then chances are that he might transfer them to othr high risk groups in the family like grandparents

  8. Sandy N Vyjay

    As parents, one of the crucial tasks is to ensure timely vaccination and also that all booster doses are taken on timely basis. As you have highlighted the DTP booster dose is really critical and any delay can have bad conseuences.

    1. Dr. Rahat Sayyad

      Getting infected with a disease that could have been prevented easily would be really sad

  9. Yes, booster doses shouldn’t be skipped. Though I have seen many doing this for the fear of getting affected. Let me share your thoughts to my colleagues and friends.

    1. Dr. Rahat Sayyad

      The rate of affection with covid in kids is pretty low. Another thought that was shared with me by my Pediatrician. It made visits a little less stressful

  10. LifeCoachPreet

    As per my pediatrician DPT boosters help only when they are timely given. Thanks for creating an awareness about this since most parents are still not aware of this fact. This is quite an insightful post.

    1. Dr. Rahat Sayyad

      There is something called “catch up vaccinations” these are given in cases when due dates are crossed. But they are valid and work fine. This is according to the Indian Academy of Pediatricians.

  11. Metamorphosis

    Booster doses are very important and crucial for children and should not be ignored or delayed. During this pandemic things did get delayed so it becomes even more important for parents to consult their doctors and do what they can to protect the health of their children.

    1. Dr. Rahat Sayyad

      Absolutely. A little conversation/advice from the doctor can help achieve much needed clarity fro a credible source

  12. Judy Morris

    Though I have followed all the necessary vaccinations for my son including the booster shots, it didn’t know actually that booster doses are so important especially the DTP ones.

    1. Dr. Rahat Sayyad

      Ya. Simply coz of the fact that immunity against these diseases tends to wear off over a period of time. And need a top up.

  13. Harjeet Kaur

    As u have stated..Right Vaccination at the right time is important for kids and no ignoring the schedule for the DPT booster.

  14. TripleAmommy

    Thanks for bringing up this important issue. While many parents are very conscientious about the first vaccine schedule, there is a tendency to get lax over time. But as you say these booster doses are as important as the first ones.

    1. Dr. Rahat Sayyad

      Yes over a time people do get lax in following rules especially like precautions against covid

  15. mummatalks

    As a parent it’s our duty to keep our kids safe and healthy and so we should never miss on the vaccination and booster shots as it’s very very important for their safety.

  16. Absolutely agree that timely vaccine is very important to avoid contraction of infectious diseases. DTP booster vaccination should not be delayed.

  17. Cindy Dsilva

    Oh it’s that important is it? I will check my son’s hospital card and see if any vaccinations are pending. Second child so super neglected. Sheesh.

  18. Amrit Kaur

    Vaccination is necessary to be given on time for babies to prevent different health issues. We have set reminder and get it done on time for my nephew.

  19. Gleefulblogger

    I know lot of ladies who don’t agree or go for the booster doses. I have had a discussion with one sometime back, and explained the reason why we must not skip these doses. I think talking to the pediatrician will help them to understand this in a better way.

    1. Dr. Rahat Sayyad

      Hence this article was written. Sometimes a doctor’s word is all that csn satisfie a mothers heart.

  20. momtasticworld

    I have been talking to a couple of parent and have noticed that people are a bit concerned of stepping out of the house. We as a parent need to understand that delaying the booster vaccination is not a good idea and especially when it helps in making the kid’s immunity strong 🙂

    1. Dr. Rahat Sayyad

      Ya this season requires us to be in the best of health now more than ever

  21. Thanks for conveying this information , I will send it to my mum friends

  22. Roma

    I totally agree with you buddy these booster doses are indispensable and their timely administration is so important too

  23. Khyatee Sardana

    Absolutely right !! Taking booster at the right time and not delaying it that we can do during this pandemic. This will definitely help our kids immunity strong.

  24. Bhawna Shah

    Vaccination is very important for every child besides every parent should get the knowledge of these vaccinations. This will help them to understand why vaccination is important.

    1. Dr. Rahat Sayyad

      True a little knowledge about thhe importance of vaccinations can help avoid so many cases.

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