Don’t wait, vaccinate

I know, I know vaccinations are a controversial topic. Something that a lot of bloggers shy away from in fear of losing followers or having to deal with negative comments.

For me it’s something I am passionate about. Vaccinating my children is a no brainer and is not negotiable. To be honest, if your children aren’t vaccinated I don’t want them around mine. Why should your decision potentially effect the health of my kids?

When Hudson and Scarlett were born, I made sure our immediate family were up to date with their whooping cough vaccines. I’m sure some people thought I was being over the top or a nervous new mum but I didn’t care. I have seen babies with whooping cough and I wanted to do everything in my power to make ensure my babies were protected against it. Hudson was born prematurely and had premature lungs. If he got whooping cough on top that, he would have been one very sick little baby.

It also seems that as our babies grow, life gets busy and some parents relax a little about immunisations. The 12, 18 month and 4-year-old shots are just as important as the baby ones so they shouldn’t be missed. Did you know? Nearly 95% of parents in Melbourne’s north and west are fully immunising their newborns, but this drops to just over 90% for the vaccines given between 12 to 18 months. It could be because parents are back at work etc, but really, it’s at this point when children start childcare and kinder that immunisations are really important.

I’m not a doctor or nurse and this is only my opinion. I also don’t want to debate or have an influx of negative comments, I just want to make you think or even remind you that your baby could be due for their injections. At the end of the day I’m just a parent who thinks that it’s not worth risking children’s lives with diseases that could be prevented through vaccination.

If you need some more convincing, you can get the facts by checking out the Immunise Melbourne site. This is a new campaign from the North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network which aims to help remind parents about the importance of timely jabs.

Fast Facts:

  • Children in Australia are eligible for 16 free rounds of shots from birth to four years old, including a hepatitis B injection after they are born, and a combined injection with diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough and polio at two months.
    • Crucial vaccines given between 12-18 months include Meningococcal ACWY, Chickenpox, Flu and MMR. Vaccinations need to be given on time to give children the best protection.
    • Having you children fully immunised is a requirement to receive many federal government benefits, and children who are not immunised are not allowed to attend childcare or kindergarten in the state of Victoria.
    • Research and testing is an essential part of developing safe and effective vaccines. In Australia, every vaccine must pass strict safety testing before the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) will register it for use. Approval of vaccines can take up to 10 years.
    • There is no established link between vaccines and autism. Medical information from nearly 1.5 million children living around the world was able to confirm that vaccination does not cause autism. Immunisation allergy and asthma. Wide and varied studies show no increase in allergy or asthma due to childhood vaccines.

Rachelle xx

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