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Boosting immunity in children through DTP booster shots
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Boosting immunity in children through DTP booster shots #DontWaitVaccinate

Parents are going through their biggest dilemma these days. According to them, their child doesn’t need vaccination as they are staying at home. Last week I was taken by surprise when I came to know that one of my close ones skipped their child’s DTP Booster vaccine. They think that their child is not going out, so there is no chance of falling ill. Hence, they don’t get their child vaccinated.

Role of Parents to make sure that their kids stay safe

This is not the only story. Many parents are delaying or skipping the booster shots either out of confusion. Also, they are not sure about a safe place to get their child vaccinated. Also, numerous myths and irrelevant advice stop them from vaccination.

As a result, vaccine-preventable diseases are on the rise again.

According to WHO and UNICEF[1], At least 80 million children are at risk of diseases such as diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis as pandemic interrupts routine vaccination.

Parents need to understand that ignoring vaccination is not an option. They have to take their child to a pediatrician. Also, check for child’s due vaccinations especially the DTP Booster vaccine.

If parents choose to delay, skip, or reject vaccines entirely, there can be risks. Hence. they should make sure that their child receives all of the recommended vaccines on time.

Boosting immunity in children through DTP booster shots

Vaccines are very important for keeping your child healthy by protecting them against vaccine-preventable diseases.

According to the CDC, the right DTP Booster shot[2] is important to provide continued immunity to your child from infectious diseases.

Nowadays the kids stay at home most of the time. If parents don’t take their kids for vaccination, they can become the source of infection for their siblings and older grandparents.

The Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP)[3], recommends vaccination for preschool-age kids (4-6-year-old) with the right DTP Booster vaccine for strong immunity and to protect from diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (Whooping cough).

Each child who isn’t immunized is susceptible to highly contagious diseases. Pertussis[4] is highly contagious and spreads vigorously through air droplets during coughing and sneezing. Also, an infected child may spread the infection to unimmunized or incompletely immunized infants. Hence, if you think your child is staying at home and cannot get infected then you are wrong. An important step in controlling this infection is the right DTP Booster vaccine.

Boosting immunity in children through a DTP booster shot is a must throughout life. No matter which age group your child belongs to – toddler (15-18 months), preschoolers (4-6-year-old), or adolescent (9-13-year-old) DTP booster shots are a must for boosting immunity. Among children who get all shots of the DTP vaccine at right time, the effectiveness is very high.

For continued protection against infectious disease booster shots are a must. So the best way to protect your child is through timely vaccination. Ask your pediatrician, for the right DTP Booster vaccine, as per your child’s age group. A full dose of DTaP[5] (acellular) with lower side effects is needed before 6years of age for strong immunity.

Your child’s DTP booster vaccination is a must. #DontWaitVaccinate and know more about the Right DTP vaccine.

Disclosure: The views expressed in the blog content are independent and unbiased views of solely the blogger.
DISCLAIMER: The views expressed in the blog content are independent and unbiased views of solely the blogger. This is a part of the public awareness initiative supported by Sanofi Pasteur India. Sanofi Pasteur India bears no responsibility for the content of the blog. One should consult their healthcare provider for any health-related information.
[1] https://www.who.int/news/item/22-05-2020-at-least-80-million-children-under-one-at-risk-of-diseases-such-as-diphtheria-measles-and-polio-as-covid-19-disrupts-routine-vaccination-efforts-warn-gavi-who-and-unicef 
[2] https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd/dtap-tdap-td/public/index.html 
[3] https://iapindia.org/pdf/124587-IAP-GUIDE-BOOK-ON-IMMUNIZATION-18-19.pdf 
[4] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3084147/ 
[5] https://www.indianpediatrics.net/dec2018/1066.pdf
Dr Bushra

Health, Parenting, Lifestyle Blogger

25 thoughts on “Boosting immunity in children through DTP booster shots #DontWaitVaccinate

  1. Booster doses specially DTP is very important for every child and parens should not skip it. I have seen parents underestimate the need and importance of booster doses but it is for our own kids health and safety.

  2. This is important , people know that a DPT vaccine can rescue a child from Diphtheria, Pertussis and Tetanus – all lethal diseases but the protection is incomplete without timely boosters.

  3. Yes vaccination is great help in prevention of various diseases. It is very important to not miss any due to any reason. Thanks for reminding, will cross check with my doctor.

  4. Seriously vaccinations on time is really important for our kids healthy development to prevent from getting different health issues… Missing vaccine is really not good for kids healthy lifestyle… Definitely will be sharing this with my sister…

  5. Booster dose of DTP is very important for a child to stay protected and for a strong immunity. Booster dose should never be delayed / skipped

  6. True. The pandemic has left many parents in split minds about stepping out to vaccinate their child. There needs to be more awareness on this topic so people can make an informed decision that will be in the best interest of their child.

  7. Boosters are very important to keep your child away from any deadly diseases. Therefore it should not be ignored or delayed. Do consider your doctors as due to covid19 many parents have delayed in giving vaccination which can be very risky.

  8. Vaccination is an important decision that parents make on behalf of kids. For a proper growth they are must. Very informative post.

  9. Ensuring that kids get the recommended vaccinations on time is really crucial for parents. But as you have pointed out the booster doses, espacially of DTP assumes more significance and needs to be done religiously.

  10. We got our preschooler her booster shot pretty recently and it was a well thought of decision. I believe, parents are a bit scared of stepping out of the house but they need to understand the importance of these vaccination and how this will keep their kids healthy against all the deadly deceases. Well written post:)

  11. Yes you are right. The booster dose is as important as the original vaccine. Parents need to be even more vigilant in ensuring they are given on time as they are easier to miss.

  12. Immunity boosters are really important. My pediatrician keeps reminding us timely. You have shared a very insightful piece of information which will help all parents make an informed choice.

  13. Building immunity is a must especially during this Covid times. Kids need the booster dose and your blog clearly points out the why;s and wherefores.

  14. Yes i agree that for boosting immunity in young kids it is important that they are vaccinated properly and at right time. Booster doses are a must.

  15. Vaccine and booster shots are a must for kids for their safety and health and should not be missed. Being a parent, it’s our duty to make sure our kids get their shots on time.

  16. Oh I have to definitely check my son’s hospital book if the vaccination has been given or not. One is still left to be given I think. Thanks for the elaborate information on it.

  17. I had no idea about this booster but after reading this article I would be sharing this with my bhabhi so that she can get it for my nephew.

  18. Absolutely agree to the vigilant parents and diligently following a vaccination routine. The booster vaccinations are as important as the primary vaccinations, and should not be taken lightly.

  19. Vaccination is a safeguard for kids. Every parent must take an info session about the vaccines and get them on time.

  20. Booster doses of vaccines are one of the most looked over. I cannot agree more on emphasising the same to parents

  21. There are so many misconceptions regarding vaccines that still persist. That makes it all the more important for us to keep raising our voices

  22. While new disease keep pooping up , we should never forget that old one’s can resurface if we ignore getting vaccination for them .. So dont delay even for the booster doses

  23. I came across your article at such a right time. Parents everywhere, maybe except a few countries, are still skeptical about vaccinations and hospital visits. This will definitely give them guidance and help them make the right decision.

Love to hear from you :)

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