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The Importance of Immunization Against Childhood Diseases
|The Importance of Immunization Against Childhood Diseases by Editor: 9:54 am On February 14, 2017|
WAEC 1988 ENGLISH THEORY QUESTION
Without much ado a definition of immunization is enough to bring home its importance in my locality or any other place for that matter. Immunization is a scientific means of making people, particularly children resist deadly or killer diseases. Scientists have succeeded in getting vaccines or chemical substances which can be injected into a person’s body to act as a protection against diseases.
About fifteen years ago a lot of infants who were not vaccinated or immunized died as a result of the attacks of whooping cough, measles, diphtheria, chicken pox and small pox in Agbado my locality. A good number of children who survived these diseases were those whose parents took the nice decision and pains to inoculate . Most parents who did all they could to thwart the altruistic efforts of the health officials, who pleaded with them to bring their children for inoculation lived to regret their actions. While children who were inoculated lived, their children died in dozens.
Immunization saves all parents from losing their children prematurely to deadly but preventable diseases. So, immunization has begun an era where parents can boast that their young ones will grow up into useful adults.
Children who are timely and properly immunized can enjoy good health in their infant years. This makes child bearing and rearing less cumbersome if not totally without tears. The convenience which inoculation enables parents to enjoy is almost incalculable.
Vaccinated children grow to healthy adults. Their growth is not impaired or stunted by measles or any of those debilitating diseases. Some of the diseases are capable of impairing the mental faculties of children. Immunization thwarts all diseases that can stunt the physical and mental growth of children.
Another significance of immunization is that it gives the society the assurance that its young ones will soon grow up to replenish the labour force which old age and retirement of adult person deplete. A society whose young population is seriously threatened by widespread and unchecked killer diseases is doomed for so many reasons.
My locality of Agbado which is trying to recover from the losses of virile men and women during the civil war now knows the advantages of inoculation against all killer diseases too well.
In conclusion, immunization programme, which our state ministry of health has been emphasizing has tremendously saved us from huge sums of money being spent on herbalists, sacrifices and fruitless hunting for so-called witches that are allegedly behind all infant deaths.
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