Immunisation 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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
- Measles & Rubella
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.
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.
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.
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.
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