You only have to go a few decades back in time to reckon the importance of vaccination, most of all for health reasons of the more sensitive members of society as babies in the early stages of their development.
Nowadays infant mortality rates don't have anything to do with the reasons for vaccinating a baby. Originally vaccination was invented in the Oriental part of the world where it was practiced first, but it was at the end of the XVIII and during the XIX century that the effectiveness on different diseases was proved in a scientific and systematic way in the Occident.
The principle is easy: it is about stimulating defenses through the inoculation of "weakened versions" of diseases in order to generate immunity in front of those pathogens, normally forever. In terms of resume, it is a way in which the body learns to react to the presence of different germs avoiding the trance of catching extremely dangerous diseases.
When we become parents for the first time, our pediatrician will inform us about the calendars of recommended vaccinations in which there are obligatory vaccinations, as the one against hepatitis b ( 3 doses given in the first 6 months of the baby); diphteria, tetanus and whooping cough (6 doses until the age of 14); polio (4 doses until 15 - 18 months of age); Haemophilus influence type b ( 4 doses until 15 - 18 months of age): meningococcal meningitis C ( 3 doses from 2 months on until 12 or 15 months of age) and so on with different diseases as pneumococcal, measles, german measles and mumps, human papilloma, rotavirus, chickenpox, flu, hepatitis A...
Some of them are only recommended and our pediatrician will inform us about the convenience of their application and we will decide whether to do it or not, although in that case the saying an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure should be taken into consideration, most of all if contraindications are minimal, such as small reactions on the skin on the place of application of the vaccination or light fever.
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