7 Important Vaccines That You Should Know About

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The Covid-19 pandemic has done nothing good to the world except for making it more aware of health and its importance. People now know what a vaccine is and debating over getting t or avoiding it. Some people are jumping on the bandwagon and getting the shots they need, while some are avoiding it to avoid some unforeseeable side effects. This debate around the Covid vaccine is justifiable as it is a new formula and hasn’t withstood the test of time. But there are many important vaccines that are available for ages and have withstood the test of time. There is no debate about getting or not getting these important vaccines.

Vaccines are simple formulas designed to build your immunity. These act as faux germ and create and faux environment inside the body. The immunity cells in the body get activated and produced antibodies. These antibodies stay on the body for a long time, preventing you from getting the disease. Vaccines do not assure the complete prevention of disease but they do assure a less severity of the disease.

Important vaccines like the polio vaccine can protect you from getting a lifelong disability. Similarly, measles and chickenpox vaccines can lessen the severity of the disease, if you get it.

Important Vaccines to Not Miss

Here are a few of the important vaccines that you should not miss out on.

1. Tetanus, Pertussis, Diphtheria (Tdap injections)

Tetanus is a bacterial infection that affects the nervous system of the person, Pertussis is an infection that targets the nose and throat, and Diphtheria induces coughing, which is very intense and contagious. It is recommended that every person should get these injections as soon as possible. It is also important for pregnant women to take these shots to save their baby from pertussis. Also, when a person cuts him/herself with a rusted knife, skid on the road bleeds, or gets exposed to any dirty object, they should get a Tdap injection to prevent tetanus.

2. Mumps, Measles, and Rubella (MMR)

Mumps is contagious and can easily be transferred to any individual. It affects the salivary glands of a person. When a person has mumps he/she feels fever, lack of appetite, headache, and swelling of salivary glands. To prevent it from happening, an MMR dose is recommended, a dosage prescribed by the doctor.

Measles is also a contagious disease, it affects the respiratory system (mucus and saliva) of a person. It can be spread through sneezing and coughing. In measles, a person experiences fever, coughing, flu, and rash on the body.

Rubella, it is comparatively milder than measles. It is also called German measles, it lasts for only a couple of days. Rubella is dangerous for pregnant women, it might have a harmful impact on the fetus.

MMR’s prescribed dose can help in avoiding these illnesses. Kindly, consult a doctor before applying any vaccination.

3. Flu Influenza Vaccine

Flu is a common problem that affects a human being. There are many types of flu that can affect a person. Flu can vary from severe to mild, and it is also contagious. The most common symptoms of flu are a runny nose, fever, headache, body pain, and closed nose. Prescribed dosage of influenza vaccination can be very helpful in treating the flu.

4. Hepatitis Vaccination

There are important vaccines for the prevention of hepatitis, for instance, hepatitis A and B. Hepatitis affects the liver and is caused by exposure to the infected substances, for example, used syringes, infected blood, and any type of blood infiltration in the body. A prescribed dose of these medications can be very helpful, in the prevention of hepatitis. The treatment and symptoms of hepatitis vary from type to type, so is the vaccination.

Read more about hepatitis symptoms and risks. 

5. Chicken Pox Vaccination (Varicella)

Chickenpox mostly occurs during childhood, in which the whole body of the person is covered with blisters, which are red and itchy. These blisters stay for some time, it is recommended not to scratch them because it is feared that they will leave scars afterward. Chicken Pox vaccination is usually recommended 2 doses in 28 days, but it depends on the doctor and the medical condition of the person.

6. Shingles Vaccination (Zoster)

Shingles occur with the same virus which causes chickenpox in children. Shingles are very dangerous because it happens after 60. At that age, the body lacks immunity and resistance to such diseases. Zoster vaccination is recommended at above the age of 60. But, it is imperative to consult a doctor. Also, it important to have knowledge of these important vaccines.

7. Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccination

Pneumococcal is an infection that causes infections that affect the bloodstream causing meningitis and pneumonia. These infections can be very lethal for any person, it is imperative to get a prescribed dose of these important vaccines. Ask a doctor for understanding the illness and use of the medication.

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Hiba Batool
She is a nutrition graduate from Kinnaird College, Lahore. She is a nutritionist by profession. Her interests lie in medical research and writing. She masters in all topics related to nutrition and health.