What You Need to Know about Your Child’s Natural Body Resistance

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In 1998, a scientific paper head authored by Andrew Wakefield created uproar, leading parents worldwide to abandon having their children vaccinated.
However, fear is difficult to allay. Many parents, until now, are still convinced of Wakefield’s false claims about the vaccine. What exactly can vaccinations do for a child’s natural body resistance?
Vaccination Overview
A child’s natural defense against sickness and disease begins in the mother’s womb. The baby receives protection from disease through the placenta.
Natural body resistance has been around for centuries, and they protect children and adult alike from a host of sickness and disease.
Vaccines work by stimulating the natural body resistance with weakened viruses or bacteria. This prompts the natural defense to react by shielding the body from the attackers. The natural body resistance then remembers the harmful microorganisms, so that it can immediately ward off the intruders the next time they enter the body6.
Immunization Schedule
The health risk brought by disease is much greater than those posed by the vaccines. Consequently, parents should observe vaccination schedule for their children.
•    The Hepatitis B vaccine is given as a series of shots. One of the series is given during this time: the hepatitis B immune globulin (HBIG) to give children immediate protection from the virus1.
•    Pneumococcal Vaccine (PCV) is also a series of injections given to protect children and adults from pneumococcal infections like pneumonia and helps stop its spread2.
•    The DTap vaccine defends children from diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis. This is also a series of vaccines given to children in between 4 to 6 years3.
•    The Polio (IPV) vaccine is also given to children which prevents the occurrence of polio, a disease that can cause paralysis and death4.
•    MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccines are split into two doses given between 12 and 15 months and 4 and 6 years. This is a live vaccine that triggers the natural body resistance to respond as if there is a real microorganism attack5.
Other vaccines given during the first two years of a child’s life include the flu, chickenpox, hepatitis A and rotavirus. For a complete list vaccines to be given and their corresponding schedules, talk to your child’s physician about it.

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