• Dr. Sandip Gupta

Why your child should get vaccinated: myths vs reality.

Updated: Mar 5



Protecting your child’s health and safety is very important. On-time vaccine is important in infancy as it serves to provide protection when children are exposed to life-threatening illnesses. That’s why millions of parents across the globe choose immunization. Vaccination is a powerful defense that has proven to be safe and effective.

How does it work?

Vaccines contain a dead or weakened form of the disease-causing virus or bacteria. These cause the body to make antibodies and other beneficial responses that protect the child from that disease. Vaccination shields children from serious sickness and the complications of diseases that can be life-threatening. All the vaccines go through a long and cautious survey by researchers, specialists, and the government to ensure they are effective & safe to use. Without vaccines, your child is at risk for getting seriously ill and suffering pain, disability, and even death from diseases like measles and influenza, and whooping cough.

Here are a few reasons why vaccination is very important:

  1. Vaccination is very safe and effective: Vaccines are approved for use only after a long and careful review of safety by scientists, doctors, and healthcare professionals. Quality check of vaccines is carried out to ensure that they are safe and effective for administration to children of required age. The disease-prevention benefits of getting vaccines are much greater than any possible side effects for almost all children. One should always remember that prevention is better than cure.

  2. Side effects are minimal andgo away within a few days - Like any medicine, vaccines can cause side effects such as a low-grade fever, or pain and redness at the injection site. Mild reactions subside within a day or two on their own. Long lasting severe adverse events related to vaccine are rare. If you have questions or concerns about a vaccine, talk with your paediatrician.

  3. Prevents the ones around you from getting ill: vaccination only protects your kid but also helps prevent the spread of these diseases to your family and friends. A vaccine-preventable disease that may make your child sick for a week or two could prove to be deadly for your new-born, or parents in case it spreads to them. When you get vaccinated, you are preventing this. A decision not to immunize your child also involves risk and could put your child and others who come into contact with him or her at risk of contracting a potentially deadly disease

  4. Immunizations can save your child’s life- Many of the vaccine-preventable diseases can be life-threatening for our young ones. There is no better way to protect young children from these serious illnesses than vaccination. Some diseases that harmed or killed thousands of children have been eliminated primarily due to safe and effective vaccines. One of the greatest examples being the elimination of polio in our country which was once the most-feared disease, causing death, disability, and paralysis across the country.


Can multiple vaccines at a time cause problems?

Extensive research has been done to evaluate the safety of combined vaccination. None has shown that multiple vaccines cause a problem. Giving babies multiple vaccines at the sa


me time means fewer office visits. This saves you time and money. Moreover, this can be less traumatic for the child.

What to do if we miss a scheduled vaccine?

Sometimes a vaccine is missed because of various reasons. No matter what the reason, it’s important to make up missed immunizations. Most of the times your healthcare provider will just resume the vaccine schedule after minor adjustments. If for any reason, your child gets additional doses of a vaccine, this is also not a concern. But your child will still need any future doses according to the recommended schedule. Always bring your immunizations record with you to all of your child's office visits. Make sure the healthcare provider signs and dates every immunization.


Vaccines are some of the safest and most effective medicines we have. They have made many hazardous childhood diseases rare today. Like any medicine, vaccines can cause side effects such as a low-grade fever, or pain and redness at the site of injection. Mild reactions go away within a few days of their own. If you have questions or concerns about a vaccine, talk with your child’s doctor


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