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The Benefits Of Immunization For Children

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The Benefits Of Immunization For Children

Immunization refers to the process whereby weakened cells of infectious diseases are injected into a person’s body to develop immunity against them. The process stimulates a person’s immune system to protect against infections and diseases. Every year, 2–3 million deaths are averted worldwide due to immunizations, according to the World Health Organization.

Infectious diseases pose a serious threat to infants and children who have weak immune systems. Vaccines work with the immune system to develop immunity against diseases, preventing your child from fatal complications. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, proper immunization prevents 14 grave childhood diseases including measles, polio, and mumps, to name a few.  

Here are a few benefits your child can avail by immunization.

Prevents Life-Threatening Diseases

Through immunization, your child is protected from diseases that can become life-threatening in children due to their weak immune systems. Immunizations have eliminated many diseases that were the cause of large-scale death in the past.

Polio used to be one of the most-feared diseases in the US because it caused paralysis and death. Due to the research in immunization and effective vaccinations, Polio has been completely eliminated from the country.

Prevention Of Diseases Brought By Travelers

Immunizations have decreased the magnitude of various infectious diseases in the US, but these diseases continue to prevail in other countries. Travelers play a major role in bringing these diseases to the country. Children with proper immunization can be protected from such diseases that are brought by international travelers or while US citizens are traveling themselves.

Protection From Disabilities

Many vaccine-preventable diseases cause severe disabilities that are both emotionally and financially draining for parents because of huge medical bills and prolonged disability care. Moreover, your child can be refused attendance to a school because of a vaccine-preventable infectious disease.

Therefore, immunization is an excellent investment to protect your child’s health and prevent hefty medical treatments.

Protect Future Generations

Vaccinations can prevent our future generations from fatal diseases and disabilities that continue to plague us today.

According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, smallpox—a deadly and contagious virus—has been completely eliminated from the world due to immunization. Moreover, cases of birth defects in babies because of pregnant women infected with Rubella are no longer found in the US.

Effective And Safe Prevention

Vaccinations are safe and effective methods of disease prevention that have been developed after long research and studies done by doctors and scientists. Reports of allergic reactions to vaccinations are rare and cause minimal discomfort.  The discomfort associated with a vaccine shot is minute compared to the trauma of disabilities and fatal diseases that can be prevented by vaccinations.


Asthma is the inflammation of the airways and bronchial tubes in the lungs and causes breathing issues. In the US, more than twenty-four million people get affected by asthma.

Symptoms Of Asthma

Symptoms of asthma include:

  • Wheezing
  • Coughing
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Tightness in chest

Food Allergies

Every year, millions of people in the US report of food allergies, however, children are affected by such allergies more than adults.

Although food allergies are accompanied by minor symptoms, multiple food allergies can have fatal consequences.

The most common food allergens are: soy, milk, eggs, peanuts, wheat and certain kinds of fish.

Symptoms Of Food Allergy

Food allergies manifest in these symptoms:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Rashes
  • Facial swelling

Latex Allergy

The synthetic material Latex, used commonly in the manufacturing of gloves can cause allergic reactions in certain people. In the US, approximately 1-6% of the population suffers from Latex allergy.

Symptoms Of Latex Allergy

A person with latex allergy will have some or all of these symptoms:

  • Asthma
  • Hives
  • Rashes
  • Watery eyes
  • Itching
  • Anaphylaxis

Drug Allergies

People can become sensitive to certain medications and show signs of allergies upon ingestion. By far, Penicillin is the most common drug that causes allergies. Other medications that result in allergies include aspirin, anti-seizure drugs, muscle relaxants, local and general anesthetics and sulfa medications.

Symptoms Of Drug Allergies

Symptoms of drug allergy include:

  • Skin rashes
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Wheezing
  • Facial swelling
  • Fever
  • Hives

If you or a loved one needs care for allergic reactions in Canadian, TX, reach out to us.