Why immunisation is essential

As a parent, you will want to know why vaccinating your child is important.

Most schools, ourselves included, will insist on receiving a copy of your child’s immunisation card.

In the past, diseases such as smallpox and polio struck fear into the hearts of parents, as an infection in their child or community could mean death or paralysis.Today, thanks to the development of vaccines, smallpox has been totally eradicated and other infections such as polio and measles have nearly been eliminated.

Why is it important for children to be vaccinated?

Children need to be vaccinated in order to protect them from certain infectious diseases.

Why should all children be vaccinated?

Vaccinations prevent the spread of disease within the community.

Where do I go to have my child vaccinated?

Your local clinics and community health centres in South Africa will provide free vaccinations for your child. Numerous chain stores have clinics where you can quickly and easily take your little one for their vaccinations.

When should my child be vaccinated?

At birth, 6 weeks, 10 weeks, 14Weeks, 9 months, 18 months, 6 years and at 12 years old.

Does my child need to have all the vaccinations?

Yes, your child must have all the vaccinations as prescibed.

Which diseases will the vaccinations protect my child from?

Tuberculosis, Polio, Rotavirus Gastroenteritis, Diphtheria, Tetanus, Whooping cough, Haemophilus Influenzae type B, Hepatitis B, Pneumococcal Infection, and Measles are the diseases that your child will be protected against. Whilst it will not necessarily mean that you child will not contract one of the diseases listed, it will ensure that they will have a milder form of the disease.

More information on vaccinations (Full vaccination schedule) and interesting articles for parents can be found on Child Magazine (SA’s best guide for parents)

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