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.
Use the tabs 1-10 above to read our Top Ten Messages on Immunisation for children to learn and share. Scroll down to see ideas on what children can do to understand, find out more, take action and reflect on this topic.
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CHILDREN SAY THAT WE CAN…
MAKE our own Immunisation 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.
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ALL 10 MESSAGES…
- 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.
- 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.
- 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, pertussis, 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 be 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.