In a developing country like India, where
majority of the population resides in the rural areas, it is essential that healthcare
services and preventive medicine be easily available without social and
economic barriers. Public awareness is now, thankfully being spread regarding
many grave diseases like polio and tuberculosis, with an aim of reducing the
population being affected by such conditions.
The steep difference of the rich and the poor in
India is still prevalent, and often, it is assumed that the rich rarely fall
prey to diseases due to their easy availability of medical help. However, this
is not the case when it comes to immunization. Children in the rural areas may
be deprived of proper vaccinations, but in the urban areas, due to widespread
awareness and overexertion of healthcare facilities, overdose of vaccines are
reported, which is equally hazardous to health.
Mass vaccination programmes are now rapidly
introduced in small towns and villages, and overall, India has benefited a lot
by these initiatives. However, there's a lot of work yet to be done as India
still remains one of the four polio-endemic countries in the world.
In a country like India, where religion and
culture play a huge role in shaping an individual's future, age-old sciences
like Ayurveda and Naturopathy are prominent ways to treat an individual. Die
hard followers of these fields of medicine, however, have now developed strange
beliefs. They claim that childhood diseases are simply nature's way to boost a
child's immunity. Furthermore, they also believe that natural immunity is
achieved by surviving these childhood diseases.
In contrast, the urban areas face a problem of
plenty. People who can afford good vaccination services ensure the best for
their children; however, there is always a risk of an expired vaccine, or an
unsterilized needle. Imported vaccines are now easily available in metro
cities; however, they are not always effective for Indians. Imported vaccines
for pneumonia and prevention of cervical cancer have been ineffective for
Indians, and there is an increased risk of development of severe side-effects.
care rules, if not undertaken, can have devastating effects. For example-
vaccine must be stored in ice and used within 4 hours. If this protocol isn't
followed correctly, the child may suffer from life-threatening side-effects.
Anaphylactic shock, an
allergic condition, occurs atleast once in every 50 million doses administered.
Whooping cough can
cause neurological complications like brain damage, seizure, and even death.
The success rate of a
polio vaccine is around 90%
getting vaccinated for whooping cough, do not attain the disease
there exists a very tiny risk of attaining side-effects of the vaccine, it is
still way better than leaving your child exposed to the innumerable pathogens
in the environment every single day. An unvaccinated child is more likely to
become infected by these life-threatening conditions.
A healthy child responds better to vaccines, which is
why, diet and nutrition is of utmost importance.