Celebrating World Immunization Week: The Importance of Immunizations
Do you know that we are celebrating World Immunization week on the 24th to the 30th of April 2018?
LH Prime Cebu shares the importance of immunizations.
For women before, during, and after pregnancy, having the necessary immunizations will protect her and the unborn baby in creating the line of defense that will safeguard both their healths. This articles aims to explain the need to have these immunizations, whether through your own doctor or through the local barangay’s help.
If you are pregnant or planning for pregnancy, there are certain vaccinations, depending on your age, lifestyle, travel destinations, immunization records, and medical conditions that are needed. These vaccines will help protect your own health and will safeguard your baby’s as well. While pregnant, the immunity of your unborn child’s first line of defense is to combat certain serious illnesses. Take the time to ensure your immunizations are current.
Types of immunizations
- 3 types of vaccinations:
Live virus vaccine – Reduced virulence, but still viable
Dead virus vaccine – Consists of virus particles grown in culture and killed
Toxoid vaccine – Chemically altered proteins extracted from certain bacteria
- Before pregnancy – moms-to-be should be up-to-date on routine and adult vaccines. Live virus vaccines, like MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) and chickenpox, should be given a month or more prior to pregnancy.
- During pregnancy – pregnant women shouldn’t receive live virus vaccines, such as the MMR vaccine, due to the slight chance that it could harm the baby. Vaccines made from dead viruses are safe during pregnancy, like influenza vaccine, Tdap vaccine, and some travel vaccines (depending on the country she will be traveling to).
- After pregnancy – After pregnancy, you can catch up on any vaccines you were unable to receive while pregnant or prior to pregnancy, including MMR and chickenpox vaccines. It is safe for a woman to receive these vaccines after giving birth, even while breastfeeding.
LH Prime Cebu offers medical exams that can be used for your doctor to determine what types of immunization you may need. Immunizations are the preventive health care service that is made available to everyone. Our government realizes the importance immunization and has made several types of immunizations available in your local barangay. Visit a diagnostic clinic in Cebu now to know more on the available vaccines for you.