Vaccines: Saving, Protecting, And Enhancing Lives

”Vaccination”, a word that scares several people, actually has the power to save, protect, and enhance people’s lives. Vaccines have been acting as a weapon against many deadly diseases for a long time. In addition, they come as a lifeguard whenever some harmful illness pops up. As a result, vaccines prevent millions of people from dying against contagious ailments like Polio, measles, BCG, DPT, etc., every year. But still, there is a whole chunk of people who neither get themselves immunized nor let their close ones do it. But today, on National Vaccination day, we will talk about the importance of vaccines in our lives.

What is a Vaccine?

A vaccine is a biological substance generally created by weakened or killed virus of microorganisms known antigen. This antigen trains our bodies and provides immunity to fight against a particular infection or disease.

What is Immunization?

Immunization, commonly known as vaccination, protects an individual against disease by vaccinating them.

History of Vaccination

Many people are unaware, but the history of vaccines goes back to the 17th century. First, some Monks in China smeared a skin tear with cowpox to immunize against smallpox. And then, in 1796, Edward Jenner, the Father of Vaccinology, infected a 13-year boy with the germs of cowpox to develop his immunity for smallpox. Edward Jenner’s efforts did not go wasted. Though there were many research changes in his methods, we were finally able to get rid of smallpox eventually. Next came Louis Pasteur’s vaccination against rabies in 1885. Again, the vaccine saved a lot of the human population.

The scientists researched, and the vaccination industry underwent massive changes during the 20th century. During this period, medical specialists were making vaccines for some lethal diseases. But they were successful in creating a lot of vaccines and eradicating a lot of fatal diseases.

What is the significance of National Vaccination day?

Each year we observe March 16th as the National Vaccination day in India. On March 16th, 1995, India gave its first oral vaccine against Polio. Therefore, we celebrate this day to mark that and remember our first vaccine.

We also celebrate National Vaccination day because it motivates people to get immunized. In addition, some campaigns and demonstrations teach individuals the significance of vaccination. Furthermore, governments provide free vaccination for various diseases on this day.

Why is Vaccination Important?

Vaccines not just protect you, but they protect everyone around you. It reduces the risk of fatal diseases spreading in your community. If people are sincere enough, we can end up the existence of a lot of lethal diseases from the world. It is better to hinder the birth of the disease than to treat it.

Some people believe that vaccines are not 100% effective. But majorly, all vaccines are at least 85-90% effective. Moreover, it is employing these vaccines that we have come this long. Health experts have been successful in treating malignant diseases by immunization.

Vaccines save our lives from attacks of germs or diseases. In addition, they protect us from their harmful effects. And eventually, when we are immunized against dangerous conditions, we will have a better life. So, in this way, vaccines help us enhance our lives. That is why we must be sincere enough to protect ourselves and think about the betterment of the community. And vaccinate ourselves whenever needed!

So, that is all for this article. We hope it was helpful for you and motivated you to immunize yourself properly.

Content Reviewed by – Asian Hospital Medical Editors