Facts About Immunizations

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It is shocking to know that millions of children are dying across the world from diseases that can be easily prevented through vaccines. It is essential to immunize a child against vaccine-preventable diseases. Immunization is also an important strategy to ensure global health and mitigate the risks of infectious diseases.

Some of the facts that you should know about immunizations include:

Fact 1: Immunizations help prevent around 2-3 millions deaths every year.

Fact 2: A DTP3 vaccine  is an important vaccine that you shouldn’t miss.

Fact 3: The global measles death rate has been significantly reduced in the last 10 years by 74%.

Fact 4: The polio cases have been reduced by 99% because of the polio vaccination campaigns.

Fact 5: Deaths due to pneumococcal diseases and rotavirus diarrhea have increased. These deaths, though, can be prevented through immunizations.

Fact 6: It is estimated that 109 million children under the age of 1 were vaccinated in 2010.

Fact 7: Vaccines can have side effects, like fever, which can be treated with acetaminophen and Ibuprofen. It is more risky for your child not to be immunized.

Fact 8: Vaccines help to restore the immune system to its normal functionality.

Fact 9: Vaccines are available not only for children but also for adults to prevent certain infections and diseases.

Fact 10: Even though your friends and family are vaccinated, it is necessary that you get your vaccine shots.

Fact 11: Certain vaccines may contain Thimerosal, a preservative, containing about 50%  mercury. However, the preservative is not found in routine vaccines for children under the age of  6, and also some vaccines for adults come Thimerosal free.

Fact 12: Vaccines do not cause Autism in children.

Fact 13: Vaccines alone cannot guarantee 100% protection from infections. It is necessary to adapt and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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