It was Africa vaccination week on the 24 April. Vaccinations are one of those topics that often divide moms but in a continent like Africa especially, they are not an option.
Immunization currently averts an estimated 2 to 3 million deaths every year. It averts an estimated 2 to 3 million deaths every year. An additional 1.5 million deaths could be avoided, however, if global vaccination coverage improves. In 2015, an estimated 7.8 million children under the age of one in the African Region were un/under vaccinated in the AFR. source
We have put together a few reasons why you should vaccinate your child. All four of my children have had chicken pox. The younger two got it through school which resulted in basically everyone getting it. It was not a fun time for us as parents, the children or the teachers.
Vaccinating your child can save their life.
Vaccines are quick, safe and effective. Yes there are sometimes a few side effects but they seldom last longer than 24 hours.
Getting your child vaccinated can save you time and money. When my kids had chicken pox, I had to take time off work with the older two. There were Dr’s visits, meds etc. These far outweighed the cost of the actual vaccine.
It is pretty easy to get your child vaccinated today and while some medicals don’t cover them, you can get the government vaccines done at Dischem or Clicks for a small admin fee. Remember the more people who vaccinate their children the less likely the risk of an outbreak of something like measles is.
This is a great post on what to expect when you take your newborn for their first vaccinations.