National Vaccination Day

National Vaccination Day
16 Mar 2024
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National Vaccination Day

    Get Vaccinated- It's Worth A Shot


    National Vaccination Day is celebrated on the 16th of March every year. It is the day that conveys the necessity of vaccination in our community. Vaccines work with your body's natural defenses to develop protection against any infections. Vaccines have been developed for many diseases, including rubella, polio, and more recently, COVID-19. It also protects you from serious diseases like whooping cough and measles.


    Historical note of vaccine


    National Vaccination Day 2024 is an annual event celebrated in many countries to raise awareness about the importance of vaccination and encourage people to get vaccines. The day is usually marked by organizing vaccination campaigns, seminars, and other activities to educate people about the benefits of vaccines. Vaccinations have been proven to be a highly effective method of preventing the spread of many serious illnesses and diseases. Vaccines can produce mild adverse effects such as fever, pain, or redness at the injection site.


    Grab A Knowledge About Vaccination


    Vaccination is a medical process that involves administering a vaccine to an individual to stimulate their immune system to recognize and fight off a specific pathogen (a virus or bacteria). The vaccine typically contains a small, harmless part of the pathogen or a weakened or inactivated version of the pathogen. Once the vaccine is administered, the body responds by producing an immune response to the specific pathogen, which helps the body build immunity to the pathogen. Vaccination is mainly recommended for individuals at risk of exposure to a particular disease, such as healthcare workers, children, and people with weakened immune systems.


    Vaccines By Disease


    Here are some common diseases for which vaccines are available,


    • Measles
    • Mumps
    • Rubella (German measles)
    • Polio
    • Tetanus
    • Pertussis (whooping cough)
    • Hepatitis B
    • Hepatitis A
    • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
    • Varicella (chickenpox)
    • Influenza (flu)
    • Pneumococcal disease
    • Meningococcal disease
    • Rotavirus
    • COVID-19


    Importance Of Vaccination


    Vaccination is one of the most effective ways to cure the spread of infectious diseases and save lives. Vaccines work by stimulating the immune system to produce an immune response that can protect the body from the targeted disease. Vaccination can help prevent infectious diseases such as diphtheria, tetanus, hepatitis B, and many more.


    Vaccines Save Lives


    Vaccines prevent millions of deaths each year. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), vaccination prevents 3.5-5 million deaths every year from diseases. They have saved millions of lives worldwide. Vaccines stimulate the immune system to create antibodies that fight off specific pathogens, preventing people from getting infected. It significantly reduces the incidence of diseases such as smallpox and polio, which were once major public health concerns. Vaccines have reduced the number of hospitalizations and deaths, particularly in children and the elderly, who are most vulnerable to infections. Vaccines protect those who receive them and help prevent the spread of diseases to others, particularly newborns who are too young to be vaccinated.


    Consideration of vaccines during pregnancy


    Vaccination during pregnancy is an important note that requires careful consideration. Some vaccines are recommended for pregnant women to protect both the mother and the fetus from certain diseases, while others are not recommended during pregnancy. Pregnant women receive the flu vaccine during any trimester of pregnancy and the Tdap vaccine during the third trimester of each pregnancy. The flu vaccine is particularly important during pregnancy and is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your baby for several months and also after childbirth. The Tdap vaccine helps newborns with pertussis disease, which can be very dangerous for infants. When the mother gets vaccinated during pregnancy, she passes on antibodies to the fetus, providing safety for the baby during the first few months of life until the baby is old enough to receive their own vaccine.


    Other vaccines, like the MMR vaccine and the varicella vaccine, are not given during pregnancy because they are live vaccines and could harm the baby.


    Vaccines Can Prevent Epidemics


    Vaccination is one of the most effective ways to prevent epidemics of infectious diseases. Vaccines work by triggering the immune system to produce an immune response against a specific pathogen, such as a virus or bacterium. This response creates immunity to the pathogen, which can reduce the disease's infection.


    Protection of individuals: Vaccines can prevent people from becoming infected with a disease. They have played a crucial role in protecting epidemics throughout history, and they are especially important in preventing highly infectious diseases, such as COVID-19.


    Prevention of outbreaks: When a disease outbreak occurs, vaccination can help prevent it further. This is because people who are vaccinated are less likely to become infected, and therefore, there is a low chance of getting the disease.


    Rapid response: Vaccines can be used as a rapid response tool for spreading infections. This is particularly important for diseases that can spread quickly, such as influenza.


    Role of vaccine in cancer prevention


    Vaccines play a crucial role in preventing viral-related cancer like cervical, anal, oropharyngeal, penile, vaginal, vulvar, and liver cancer which the human papillomavirus and hepatitis virus can cause. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved three HPV vaccines (Gardasil, Cervarix, Gardasil 9) to prevent high-risk HPV-related cancer in individuals. The hepatitis B vaccine is called the first anti-cancer vaccine, preventing hepatitis B in individuals, which raise the risk of liver cancer in patients with chronic infection.




    1. Do I need to get a vaccine, even after following proper hygiene?

    Yes, vaccination is necessary to prevent risky infections like polio, measles, etc., in individuals. However, personal hygiene alone is insufficient to prevent this kind of uncommon infection. 


    2. Is it safe for children to get more than one vaccine simultaneously?

    It is estimated that giving several vaccines at the same time cannot have any negative effects on a child's immune system. However, children are exposed to several hundred substances that trigger their immune system daily. Consult your doctor for further details.


    3. Is there any connection between vaccination and autism?

    No, there is no evidence linking the MMR vaccine to autism or autistic disorders. However, there was previously a belief in such a link, which later research and studies have debunked.


    Get Your Vaccine Today, Before The Flu Takes You Away


    National Vaccination Day is a reminder of the importance of vaccinating against preventable diseases. It's necessary to remember that vaccinations are not just a personal choice but a community responsibility. By working together to ensure that everyone has access to vaccines and gets vaccinated, we can help protect our communities and promote public health, as well as help fight against diseases that may be more vulnerable. Let's get a vaccine and get vaccinated, everyone!

    Written by
    Ishwarya RMedical Content Writer
    AboutIshwary R is a Medical Content Writer at MrMed. She completed her PG from the University of Madras, Chennai. She did her final year project in CSIR-CLRI, Adyar, entitled Studies on production of Biosurfactant by bacillus subtilis using Leather industry bioproduct. She did her offline internship and learned clinical Laboratory skills in Billroth hospital and her online internship in SS Healthcare. She strengthened her skills in research, writing, editing, and proofreading medical content, blogs, and scientific articles.
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