Parents urged to vaccinate children against seasonal diseases

KARACHI: President, Pakistan Pediatric Association (PPA), Central, Prof Dr Iqbal Memon has said that sharply changing weather may increase respiratory infections, pneumonia, gastro, typhoid, malaria and dengue fever cases in children.

Talking to PPI, Prof Memon said some disease like measles, flu, cough and respiratory infections are generally reported in winter season and children are most vulnerable to these diseases due to their incomplete and weak immune system. He said precautionary measures are needed to prevent children from these winter diseases.

He said preventative vaccination course is a complete package for growing children and parents should get vaccinated their kids as per schedule in order to avoid such diseases that mostly occur in this weather. He said vaccination is available in healthcare centers and parents must feel their responsibilities in this regard.

He said nothing is above the health of children and if the vaccination is not available in government hospitals then parents should approach private hospitals to get their children vaccinated in time. He said vaccination is our children’s right and also a duty of all the parents and the government should ensure proper steps in this regard.

Prof Iqbal explained that chance of contracting different seasonal diseases among babies are higher in winter seasons due to their weak immune system. He said children develop various diseases due to physical contact of other family members thus special care needed to prevent children from diseases through precautionary measures.

He said health department Sindh is going to launch polio vaccination through injection in high-risk Union Councils of Sindh province. He said new method is for saving children. He applauded the efforts of Sindh government to eliminate polio virus by vaccinating children through injection.

He said there are two types of vaccines that protect against polio including inactivated poliovirus vaccine (IPV) and oral poliovirus vaccine (OPV). He said IPV is given as an injection in the leg or arm.

He said authorities concerned also recommend initiating inactivated poliovirus vaccine (IPV) from next year across the country and one doze to be given to children during next year campaigns.

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