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Vaccination

Vaccination

April 24-30, 2016 is World Immunisation Week. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), immunization averts two to three million deaths annually – however, an additional 1.5 million deaths could be avoided if global vaccination coverage improved.
According to reports, an estimated 18.7 million infants – nearly one in five children – worldwide are still missing out on routine immunizations for preventable diseases, such as diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus. Immunization is the process whereby a person is made immune or resistant to an infectious disease, typically by the administration of a vaccine. According to WHO, ‘vaccines stimulate the body’s own immune system to protect the person against subsequent infection or disease. Immunization is a proven tool for controlling and eliminating life-threatening infectious diseases’.

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Myths And Facts About Vaccines

We share some vaccine myths and facts, courtesy of health.com:

  1. Some vaccines contain mercury – Fact
  2. Vaccines cause autism – Myth
  3. Vaccines can have side effects – Fact
  4. You’re safe if everyone else is vaccinated – Myth
  5. Vaccines guarantee protection – Myth
  6. Too many shots weaken the immune system – Myth
  7. Vaccines are for kids only – Myth
  8. The HPV shot is for girls only – Myth
  9. Pregnant women can’t get vaccines – Myth
  10. Natural immunity is better – Fact
  11. Vaccines aren’t necessary because disease has been eradicated – Myth

Courtesy of www.who.int, www.health.com and www.reliefweb.int

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