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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