3 Ways To Keep Your Child Safe And Immunized Properly
Immunizing your child is the best thing for them. Although there may be some slight risks to getting immunized, the benefits far outweigh the risks. This is why it is vital that parents understand what they can do to ensure that their children are properly immunized and that the immunizations worked correctly. Here are three ways to ensure that this happens:
1. Stay On Schedule
When you see your primary care doctor for well child check ups, they will talk to you about immunizations. One of the main reasons for going to the doctor during this time is to make sure that the child is up to date on all of his or her shots. The concern is that each immunization has a lag time. This means that when you get the shot, it will only last for a certain amount of time, and then you need a booster.
In addition, some of the immunizations are not complete until the child has had the full number of boosters and shots. If you miss any of these appointments or fall behind on the schedule, you are putting your child at risk for contracting a very dangerous illness.
2. Avoid Giving Them Medication Before Or After The Vaccination
In the past, some parents thought that it was a good idea to give their children some fever-reducing medication before they got vaccinations. This is because some vaccinations cause a slight fever and the parent didn't want the child to be uncomfortable. The concern with this is that when the child is injected with the dead virus through a vaccination, their body needs to create antibodies to fight it. When the immune system is triggered, it might cause a mild fever. If you suppress the fever, you may suppress the body from fully being able to fight off the dead virus. Thus, the child is not as resistant to the virus as they could have been. This is why you should avoid giving the child any medication unless the reaction causes a severe fever or discomfort.
3. Immunizations Protect Babies
Some people cannot get immunizations because their system cannot handle it or they are too young. In this case the child can benefit from passive immunity. This means that the children who have been immunized do not carry the illnesses, so they cannot infect others. For example, if you opt out of immunizing your child because they are healthy and you believe that they can fight off illness, you may be putting others at risk around you. Yes, your child may be able to fight off the whopping cough, but the baby next door cannot. So if your child infects the baby next door, you might have just given them a death sentence. This is why it is so important that all healthy children be immunized.
These are just a couple things you can do to keep your child safe and immunized properly. Talk to an immunization service, such as Rocky Mountain Family Physicians, or a family doctor to make sure that your child is properly immunized.