Babies are born with protection against certain diseases because antibodies from their mothers were passed to them through the placenta. After birth, breastfed babies get the continued benefits of additional antibodies in breast milk. But in both cases, the protection is temporary.
Immunization (vaccination) is a way of creating immunity to certain diseases by using small amounts of a killed or weakened microorganism that causes the particular disease.
Your child can get immunization in your nearest Health Institution or you can contact the ASHA/ANM who will help you in getting your child immunized. Remember, if you want your child to have a healthy life, stick to the immunization schedule and take your child for vaccination as per the dates and months mentioned in the Immunization schedule. Please ensure that your child receives full immunization. During special immunization drive conducted by the Govt of Assam, please ensure that your child receives the benefit of such drives.
Some questions regarding vaccination
Are vaccines safe?
Vaccines are very safe. There are rarely reasons not to get vaccinated.
What if my child is sick when the vaccine is due?
If your child is very sick when it’s time for a vaccine, talk to your doctor or health care provider.
What are the risks of not vaccinating or not vaccinating on time?
The diseases prevented by infant and childhood vaccines are serious and even deadly. Measles can spread to the brain, cause brain damage and death. Mumps can cause permanent deafness. Polio can cause paralysis. Sadly, these diseases have not disappeared. There is no treatment and no cure for diseases like measles, polio and tetanus. The only way to protect your child is through vaccination.