National Vaccination Day
Get Vaccinated- It’s Worth A Shot
National vaccination day is celebrated on 16th of March every year. It is the day that conveys the necessity of vaccination. 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 2023 is an annual event which is celebrated in many countries to raise awareness about the importance of vaccination and to encourage people to get vaccinated. The day is usually marked by organising 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 side 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 in order 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 in the vaccine, which helps the body to 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 for people with weakened immune systems.
Vaccines By Disease
Here are some common diseases for which vaccines are available,
- Rubella (German measles)
- Pertussis (whooping cough)
- Hepatitis B
- Hepatitis A
- Human papillomavirus (HPV)
- Varicella (chickenpox)
- Influenza (flu)
- Pneumococcal disease (Pneumococci can cause infections of the lungs)
- Meningococcal disease
Importance Of Vaccination
Vaccination is one of the most effective and cost-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 Saves 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, thereby preventing people from getting infected with diseases. 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 not only protect who receives them but also help to 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. The pregnant women receive the flu vaccine during any trimester of pregnancy, as well as the Tdap vaccine during the third trimester of each pregnancy. The flu vaccine is particularly important during pregnancy is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your baby for several months and after childbirth. The Tdap vaccine helps newborns from 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 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 infection of the disease.
Protection of individuals: Vaccines can protect people from becoming infected with a disease. Vaccines have played a crucial role in protecting epidemics throughout history. 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 from spreading the infections. This is particularly important for diseases that can spread quickly, such as influenza.
Get Your Vaccine Today
National Vaccination Day is a reminder of the importance of getting vaccinated 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 the diseases of those who may be more vulnerable.