What stops some parents from getting their children vaccinated with even the free essential Government supplied vaccines? Why do they compromise their children’s health? Incomplete and delayed vaccination makes the child drastically vulnerable to deadly diseases which could be easily prevented. India has the highest number of deaths in children up to 5 years of age , largely from the vaccine-preventable diseases- VPD. Ironically, India is the largest producer and exporter of vaccines. So, lack of available vaccines is not the problem .
A recent study revealed that only not all children are completely vaccinated with the recommended three doses of DPT vaccine and only about a third receive the first dose of measles by 10 months under the Universal Immunization program by the government.
One of the major problems seems to be a lack of good ‘record-keeping’. Paper based Immunization cards issued to the new parents have the high probability of getting lost or misplaced, making it hard to track vaccination history and complete pending vaccinations.
Developed countries too have some ‘vaccination gaps’ due to superstitions attached to side effects of vaccines. Mostly, parents simply forget to take their children for vaccinations in between their busy schedules. Sadly, people are simply unaware of the possibility of an outbreak of a deadly disease due to this delay. About 90% vaccination coverage is required to maintain ‘herd immunity’ in an area to avoid such outbreaks. It is very unfortunate to see children dying of diseases which are easily preventable by vaccines. Viruses and bacteria exist everywhere in our environment. It’s our duty to protect our child at the right time before he is exposed to the dreaded pathogens in the environment? Vaccines should be given at an appropriate age and in recommended doses, maintaining proper gaps to maximize the immune response generated by them in a child.
Immunization chart is an important document based on interpretations of thorough research and understanding of vaccine responses in individuals at a certain age. They should be followed religiously to avoid situations like, “How did our baby get Measles even after the doctor had given the vaccine?” The reason is that you might have been late for vaccination!! Your baby might have come across the virus at his friend’s birthday party just before the vaccine was given.
All vaccines take about 2 weeks to generate the required immune response. Then, why not give all the vaccines as early as possible to the babies. Exactly, that is why babies are given multiple vaccines in one doctor visit. Vaccines are quite effective if all the recommended doses are given following the right schedule.
VaccinePanda-VP helps you to stay on schedule!!
Your doctor also gives you a paper chart. It is not only difficult to adhere to but is mostly handwritten, confusing and illegible. Most doctors won’t call to remind you about a child’s vaccination, as It’s a costly and time-consuming task for a busy doctor’s clinic. For a parent, it is completely human to miss the vaccination dates . After all, there are hundreds of other things, parents need to handle. Vaccine reminders help you to plan the Doctor’s visit in advance. VP sends you 3 reminders for every vaccination visit on your registered email address and via SMS 7 days before, 2 day before and 2 days after the due date. This service is absolutely FREE . Your child’s charts are always kept safe with us in a digital format . You can access it on your phone or laptop anytime.
VP makes a tailor made vaccination chart for your baby based on his/her sex and birthdate, based on the latest recommendations by Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP)-( which are followed by all the pediatricians in India ). Your chart gets updated every time you get your child vaccinated by us. VP enters the actual date of vaccination and the vaccine brand. If you fail to take the vaccine on the suggested date, VP takes care of rescheduling the future vaccination dates automatically based on the required minimum time gap between doses after we enter the actual vaccination date. An updated vaccination history of your child will not only give you added confidence about immunization of your child but also gives you an opportunity to discuss the cost and benefits of future vaccination visits with us. VP maintains a database of all the possible vaccine products with its contents and cost details.
The updated chart neatly displays the vaccine name and dose number along with brand administered and the date of visit,along with its Batch Number. Parents feel well informed with the medical content regularly posted to their mailbox. ‘Ask the Question’ feature on the website lets you post your queries.Parents will be greatly benefited by this.
26 million children are born in India every year, the largest number of births in any country of the world. Taking care of immunization delays and improving adherence can have a great impact on the global scenario of preventing diseases in the world.
VaccinePanda will try to do its bit by increasing awareness about vaccines and helping parents to never miss their child’s vaccine dose. A dose missed is a missed opportunity to save a life when you easily can!!