Immunisation

ch5_fig_6Immunisation protects children against some of the worst causes of childhood death and disability and helps people live longer, healthier lives.

Older children can learn the facts about immunisation – Why? When? And How?  Older children can help spread awareness and publicise health clinic immunisation times or events, take younger siblings to be immunised and help to keep records of immunisations.

Scroll down to read our Top Ten messages on Immunisation for children to learn and share, plus ideas on what children can do to understand, find out more, take action and reflect on this topic.

Download our PDF for your copy of all the messages and how to get children started with learning and sharing.

  • MESSAGE ONE

    Millions of parents all over the world every year make sure their children grow strong and are protected from diseases by taking them for immunisation.

    Millions of children die every year from diseases we can stop with immunisation. It’s important to know when and where to get immunised, we can help find this out. All children have a right to be immunised, so they can grow up healthy and strong. We can find out more about our rights in the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

  • MESSAGE TWO

    When you are ill with an infectious disease, a tiny, invisible germ has entered your body. The germ makes more germs and stops your body working well.

    Microbes are germs (bacteria) or viruses and they make us ill. When we are ill microbes make more of themselves and are spread on our hands or when we cough or sneeze.

    We can get immunised so that we are protected from some of the most dangerous microbes like measles, polio, pertussis, diphtheria and tetanus.

  • MESSAGE THREE

    Your body has special soldier-like protectors called ‘antibodies’ to fight germs. When germs are killed, antibodies stay in your body ready to fight more.

    Our body makes antibodies to protect us – but sometimes it can’t them fast enough to protect us. Immunisation helps our body to make antibodies ready to protect us against disease.

    Children who are sick or weak also need protection from immunisation.

    Mothers’ first yellow milk gives antibodies to babies to protect them against disease.

  • MESSAGE FOUR

    Immunisation puts an ‘antigen’ into your body (by injection or by mouth). They teach your body to make the solider-like antibodies to fight a disease.

    Antigens are messengers that tell your body to make antibodies to protect you against a disease. Antigens are safe, they don’t make you ill.

    An antigen makes your body pretend to be fighting the disease so it makes lots of special, protective antibodies.

    After we have had all our immunisations we will always be safe from the killer diseases.

  • MESSAGE FIVE

    Some immunisations have to be given more than once to help your body build up enough antibodies to protect against a disease.

    We have immunisations several times to help our bodies make enough antibodies to have strong protection. It’s important we have all of our immunisations to be protected against disease.

    We can find out when to be immunised on our country’s immunisation schedule.

  • MESSAGE SIX

    Horrible diseases that cause death and suffering like measles, tuberculosis, diphtheria, pertussis, polio, and tetanus (and more!) can be prevented by immunisation.

    Find out more about each killer disease so we can recognise if someone is sick. Children can be protected against TB meningitis by immunisation.

    Babies need their immunisations when they are six weeks, 10 weeks and 14 weeks old.

    Do you know the six killer diseases?

    • Diphtheria
    • Measles & Rubella
    • Pertussis
    • Tuberculosis
    • Tetanus
    • Polio

  • MESSAGE SEVEN

    To protect your body you need to be immunised before the disease strikes.

    Millions of babies die before their first birthday from diseases that can be prevented by immunisation.

    Getting babies immunised in the first weeks of life to gives them the best chance of growing healthy and strong.

    We need all our immunisations to be protected against disease; if we miss one we can catch up if we have it later.

  • MESSAGE EIGHT

    To protect children right away immunisations are given to babies. If a baby missed their chance they can be immunised later.

    Babies are most at risk to the killer diseases. All babies need immunisations at birth: six weeks, 10 weeks and 14 weeks.

    If a baby misses one of their immunisations, they can have it later and get protected.

  • MESSAGE NINE

    Children can be immunised at different times for different diseases. Find out when and where your community immunises children.

    We can catch up with immunisations they have missed on immunisation days or health weeks.

    Find out which diseases we can be immunised against and understand the immunisation schedule for our country.

  • MESSAGE TEN

    If babies or young children are a little unwell on the day of immunisation they can still be immunised.

    It is still safe to immunise a baby or child if they are unwell and important they get their immunisations too.

    It is important for babies and children to have our immunisations especially if we are weak or not growing, to protect us from diseases that are dangerous.

Children can
learn, collect & share these messages!

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CHILDREN SAY THAT
WE CAN…

MAKE our own Accident & Injury Prevention Messages using our own words in our own language!

LEARN these messages so we never forget them!

ADD these messages to our collection!

SHARE these messages with other children and our families!

 

WHAT CAN CHILDREN
MAKE?

MAKE posters for immunisation days and display them where everyone can see them.

MAKE a play about stopping the killer diseases harming children in our village.

MAKE a story with pictures of superhero immunisations fighting the deadly diseases to protects us.

THERE are 25 diseases that can be prevented by immunisation, make a poster that shows all of them as microbes.

MAKE up a play or story about Aunty Body – the kind, strong protector that keeps safe and well.

LEARN about each of the diseases and share what we learn with our parents. Make a poster of the diseases and how to recognise them.

MAKE a birthday card for a new baby and their mother with the times of their immunisations to wish them a happy and healthy first year of life!

WHAT CAN CHILDREN
DO?

FIND out about the 25 diseases immunisations protect us against.

FIND out more about polio and helping children with disabilities.

READ the story about the Killers’ Committee and then make a story of our own.

TAKE a quiz to find how much we know about immunisation.

FIND out which immunisations we need more than once. We can help find children who have missed immunisations and remind them on immunisation day.

FIND out what the disease’s evil super powers are and how immunisation protects us.

CHECK everyone in our class and our teachers have all had their immunisations.

FIND out if my country has special immunisation days and health weeks when all children and babies can go for immunisations.

FIND out if anyone in my family has missed their immunisations so they can catch up.

 

WHAT CAN CHILDREN
ASK?

ABOUT immunisations in my country and when we can get immunised.

DO you know the six killer diseases? Diphtheria, Measles & Rubella, Pertussis, Tuberculosis, Tetanus & Polio

IF anyone in our family had one of the killer diseases and find out what happened to them.

ALL 10 MESSAGES…

ACCIDENT & INJURY PREVENTION

  1. Millions of parents all over the world every year make sure their children grow strong and are protected from diseases by taking them for immunisation.
  2. When you are ill with an infectious disease, a tiny, invisible germ has entered your body. The germ makes more germs and stops your body working well.
  3. Your body has special soldier-like protectors called ‘antibodies’ to fight germs. When germs are killed, antibodies stay in your body ready to fight more.
  4. Immunisation puts an ‘antigen’ into your body (by injection or by mouth). They teach your body to make the solider-like antibodies to fight a disease.
  5. Some immunisations have to be given more than once to help your body build up enough antibodies to protect against a disease.
  6. Horrible diseases that cause death and suffering like measles, tuberculosis, diphtheria, pertussis, polio, and tetanus (and more!) can be prevented by immunisation.
  7. To protect your body you need to be immunised before the disease strikes.
  8. To protect children right away immunisations are given to babies. If a baby missed their chance they can be immunised later.
  9. Children can be immunised at different times for different diseases. Find out when and where your community immunises children.
  10. If babies or young children are a little unwell on the day of immunisation they can still be immunised.

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