The Importance Of Vaccinations For Children

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It is recommended by health professionals that children in Ireland are immunised against a variety of harmful diseases from birth. However parents sometimes may be unsure around the topic of vaccinations and may choose not to have their children immunised. Early years practitioners have a duty to be informed about issues that concern children and service users so they can aim to offer information to parents and support them in their decisions. This essay will discuss immunisations for children and the information a practitioner may offer to parents/guardians, relevant policies, benefits of and barriers to immunisations. This essay will also outline the procedure and action to be taken by practitioners when a child is diagnosed with a notifiable disease and has recently attended a service. Immunising children is generally the safest and most effective way of protecting children and adults alike from diseases. According to Bussmann (2013) Immunity is protection against a disease and is indicated by the presence of antibodies in the blood. The Health Service Executive (2015) describes a vaccination as giving a child small amount of the disease germs (pathogens) in a weakened form so their body can respond by developing antibodies to fight the disease without getting sick. These antibodies stay in the child’s body to protect them in case of future exposure to the disease. Immunisation not only protects individuals, but also others in the community, by reducing the spread of

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