How Vaccination Has Changed Our Lives Over The Years

Smallpox-free society is a gift from the needles!

How Vaccination Has Changed Our Lives Over The Years
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Join the clan if you also have needle phobia! Here is all you need to know about that piercing little human driller that kept you hesitant to meet your favourite doctor.

Indian National Vaccination Day is observed on 16th March every year to signify the importance of the most feared needles. Well, it is agreeable that it is never a good experience to get vaccinated. But, there is a lot more about needling you don't know. Here is what vaccination history looks like.

Cost-effective medical intervention

Cost-effective medical intervention

Vaccination is a proven and one of the most cost-effective children survival interventions. All countries in the world have an immunisation program to deliver selected vaccines to the targeted beneficiaries, especially focusing on pregnant women, infants, and children, who are at a high risk of diseases preventable by vaccines. India has several immunisation programs as well.

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Curbing the spread of 27 causative agents

Curbing the spread of 27 causative agents
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An abstract from Indian Journal of Medical Research from April 2014 reveals that there are at least 27 causative agents against which vaccines are available and many more agents are targeted for development of vaccines.

Smallpox free society

Smallpox free society
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The first vaccine (smallpox) was discovered in 1798. It was widely adopted all over the world gradually. Continuous conscious efforts of Indian government & mass vaccination had given us a smallpox free country to live in. It was the most striking success in Indian medical history. 

Other immunisations: Pulse Polio Program

Other immunisations: Pulse Polio Program
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With the global initiative of eradication of polio in 1988 following World Health Assembly resolution in 1988, Pulse Polio Immunisation program was launched in India in 1995. Children between the age group of 0-5 years administered polio drops during National and Sub-National Immunisation rounds (in high-risk areas) every year. About 170 million children are immunised during each National Immunisation Day (NID) as per the data of National Health Mission.

Vaccination vs Immunisation: Confusion cleared

Vaccination vs Immunisation: Confusion cleared
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Vaccination is when a vaccine is injected into someone's body & Immunisation is what happens to the body after the vaccination. The vaccine stimulates the immune system so that it can recognise the disease and protect the body from future infection.

Required vaccination for babies in India

Required vaccination for babies in India
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Here is a list of vaccinations & boosters that should be given to infants. Vaccination & boosters are listed with the age of the baby at which they should be given respective vaccinations.

BCG and Oral Polio: At birth

Oral Polio and DPT + Hepatitis B: 1.5 months

Oral Polio and DPT + Hepatitis B: 2.5 months

Oral Polio and DPT + Hepatitis B: 3.5 months

Measles: 9 to 12 months

DPT and Oral Polio: 1.5 to 2 years

DT: 5 years

Tetanus Toxoid: 10 years

Tetanus Toxoid: 16years

Vitamin A: 9,18,24,30 and 36 months

Note: This is not an exhaustive list, one should always consult a child specialist doctor before vaccinations.

Never say no to vaccines

Never say no to vaccines
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They may be a little painful, but they are your friends. This holds true & not just for vaccines. Never say no to vaccines. Happy National Vaccination Day!

Do you agree with the fact that vaccination has changed our lives over the years?