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Facts for Life

Immunization

Key Messages: What every family and community has a right to know

 
  1. Immunization is urgent. Every child should complete the recommended series of immunizations. Early protection is critical; the immunizations in the first year and into the second year are especially important. All parents or other caregivers should follow the advice of a trained health worker on when to complete the required immunizations.

  2. Immunization protects against several dangerous diseases. A child who is not immunized is more likely to become sick, permanently disabled or undernourished, and could possibly die.

  3. It is safe to immunize a child who has a minor illness or a disability or is malnourished.

  4. All pregnant women and their newborns need to be protected against tetanus. Even if a woman was immunized earlier, she needs to check with a trained health worker for advice on tetanus toxoid immunization.

  5. A new syringe must be used for every person being immunized. People should demand a new syringe for every vaccination.

  6. Disease can spread quickly when people are crowded together. All children living in congested conditions, particularly in refugee or disaster situations, should be immunized immediately, especially against measles.

  7. The vaccination card of a child (or an adult) should be presented to the health worker before every immunization.