Children for Health’s 10 Messages for Children on IMMUNISATION
Children for Health has developed its top 10 messages on immunisation.
Do you work with children? Do you work with any programmes who do? Please share these messages with them. We would love to hear feedback from practitioners and others who might use or adapt such messages.
- Millions of parents all over the world every year make sure their children grow strong and protected from diseases by taking them for immunization.
- 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.
- 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 again.
- 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.
- Some immunisations have to be given more than once to help your body build up enough antibodies to protect against a disease.
- Horrible diseases that cause death and suffering like measles, tuberculosis, diphtheria, whooping cough, polio, and tetanus (and more!) can be prevented by immunisation.
- To protect your body you need to be immunised before the disease strikes.
- To protect children right away immunisations are given to babies. If a baby missed their chance they can be immunised later.
- Children can immunised at different times for different diseases. Find out when and where your community immunises children.
- If babies or young children are a little unwell on the day of immunisation they can still be immunised.
The messages can be used by educators to use with children, as SMS text messages for older children or for households or ideas for campaigns, quizzes or games and on the social media. Read more and see our dedicated Immunisation page now!
How about helping children to make a Rainbow Stick to record the messages they learn? Read more about the Rainbow Stick idea by clicking here!