Spotlight on Immunisations
Essential health tips from the Royal Health Awareness Society (RHAS)
Vaccines save the lives of two to three million people per year. However, recent controversy over vaccination has led many parents to rethink vaccinating their children.
Here are common facts and myths about vaccination that will arm you with information to make the best decisions for your child’s health.
Fact #1 Vaccination protects more than the child getting the vaccine
Getting your child vaccinated may reduce the risk of other children in your family (who are either too young or allergic to certain types of vaccines) getting sick. This positive effect spreads to your entire community.
Fact #2 Vaccination saves you time and money
Getting your child vaccinated reduces his chance of getting sick and cuts down on time away from work and resources spent to take care of him. It also reduces your child’s chance of getting admitted to the hospital.
Fact #3 Vaccine-preventable diseases are still out there
Although the number of fatal diseases has decreased considerably due to vaccination, the bacteria and viruses causing it still exist and can get you and your child sick. The vaccine ensures that these diseases continue to get as few people sick as possible, especially since we can roam the world and get diseases from everywhere.
Myth #1 Babies have all the immunity they need, especially if they are breastfed
While it is true that babies get a lot of important antibodies from their mothers’ breast milk, some antibodies cannot be transferred to the child or are simply not present because the mother doesn’t have them. Vaccination remains the best way to prevent diseases.
Myth #2 Vaccines cause autism
The theory that suggested that vaccines cause autism came from a study published in the nineties. While the study was debunked, the theory caused a lot of people to panic and avoid vaccines. Several studies were conducted afterwards and no link has been found between vaccination and autism.
Myth #3 Vaccines can cause my child to get the same disease they’re meant to protect against
While vaccines may cause similar and mild symptoms that resemble actually getting the disease, they don’t cause it. These symptoms are just the body reacting to the vaccine.
The Hashemite kingdom of Jordan has had a national vaccination programme in place since 1979, making needed vaccines available and accessible to all those who seek it and keeping the Jordanian community healthy and safe. Vaccination saves lives and keeps our children healthy.