If you realize that you have missed a vaccination, take your child to the clinic as soon as possible.
It is not always easy to recognize measles. To be safe, take your child for vaccination even if you think she may already have had measles.
Go to the nurse or health centre where your daughter received her vaccinations and ask for a new card. If the nurse has recorded your daughter’s vaccination, she may certify which ones were given and enter them in the vaccination card.
If you suspect that your child has measles, you must take her to a nurse or doctor for examination. Avoid contact with other children, particularly with infants who have not yet been vaccinated.
There is no age limit for measles vaccine. If your child is more than 12 months old and has not yet received the 1st dose of measles vaccine, you should take her to a health center for vaccination.
Sudden onset of paralysis in a leg can be polio. A child that develops paralysis in one or both legs must be examined by a nurse or doctor as soon as possible.
A new-born child who stops breastfeeding and goes stiff in the body when touched is very sick and must get to hospital as soon as possible. The same is true for a newborn child who stops breastfeeding and just sleeps all the time.
Ask the doctor or nurse. If your doctor or nurse says it is okay, then the child can get vaccinated. Mild sickness should not prevent the child from being vaccinated.
As children grow older, immunity (protection from disease) wanes . Booster shots are given to provide more protection or to guard against other diseases.
The diseases may not be visibly circulating in your country but diseases have no boundaries. Your child should still be protected.
Diseases spread in different ways, through droplets in air and touching surfaces. Although your house is clean, your child is still vulnerable to infection and must be protected. Immunization and regular hand washing are key to safeguarding your child
Your grandfather is lucky. Many people got sick and others were left with lifelong disabilities. Do not take chances. Prevention is better than treatment.
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