By. Nicole Garcia
You may have heard some myths or rumors about vaccines being harmful or unnecessary for babies, but I’m here to tell you why they could be absolutely essential for your little one’s health and well-being. Vaccines are one of the best ways to protect your baby from serious diseases that can cause severe complications or worse.
Vaccines work by stimulating your baby’s immune system to produce antibodies that fight off the germs that cause these diseases. This way, your baby will be ready to fight off these germs if they ever come in contact with them in the future. Vaccines also help protect other people around your baby who may not be able to get vaccinated due to medical reasons, age or any other reason..
Some parents may worry about the side effects of vaccines or the number of shots their baby needs to get. It’s normal to have some concerns, but you should know that the benefits of vaccines could far outweigh the risks. Most side effects are mild and temporary, such as pain or redness at the injection site, fever or rash. These reactions are normal and show that your baby’s immune system is working.
According to the CDC, your baby should receive vaccines shortly after birth and throughout their first two years of life to protect them from 14 potentially serious diseases. You can visit https://immunizebc.ca/tools-resources/immunization-schedules to know more about the vaccination schedule in British Columbia. These vaccines are provided free to residents of British Columbia, ensuring that all children have access to essential immunizations.
The number of shots your baby needs may seem overwhelming at first, but it’s important to follow the recommended vaccine schedule to ensure your baby gets the best protection possible at the right time. The vaccine schedule is based on scientific research and evidence that shows when your baby’s immune system is ready to respond to each vaccine. Delaying or skipping vaccines can leave your baby vulnerable to diseases that can be prevented. Please follow your Doctor’s advise.
Vaccines are proven to be safe and effective, and they have been tested for quality and safety before they are given to your baby.
If you have any questions or concerns about vaccines, you can consult with your baby’s doctor or nurse to ensure this is right for your baby.