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Isn’t it bet­ter to build my child’s im­mu­nity nat­u­rally, by let­ting her go through a chicken pox in­fec­tion, for ex­am­ple?

A nat­u­ral chicken pox in­fec­tion could lead to se­ri­ous com­pli­ca­tions, such as pneu­mo­nia, brain dam­age or even death.

Vac­cines in­ter­act with the im­mune sys­tem to pro­duce an im­mune re­sponse sim­i­lar to that pro­duced by the nat­u­ral in­fec­tion. They work in 85 to 99 per cent of cases, and greatly re­duce your child’s risk of se­ri­ous ill­ness and the risk of a dis­ease out­break, Dr Yong says.

“Vac­ci­na­tion is the best and safest way for chil­dren to de­velop im­mu­nity to pro­tect them against dis­eases like chicken pox and its com­pli­ca­tions,” she adds.

Be­sides the chicken pox vac­cine, are there other op­tional shots that I should con­sider for my child?

Your kid may be well cov­ered by the vac­ci­na­tions un­der the Na­tional Child­hood Im­mu­ni­sa­tion Sched­ule, but they may not cover other nasty in­fec­tions that he may pick up be­yond our shores.

For ex­am­ple, de­vel­op­ing coun­tries around the re­gion still have cases of ty­phoid fever, and Hep­ati­tis A and E in­fec­tions, says Dr Chris­telle Tan, a spe­cial­ist in pae­di­atrics at Raf­fles Spe­cial­ists at Raf­fles Hol­land V, which runs a travel medicine ser­vice.

Out­breaks of chick­en­pox and measles have also been re­ported on cruise ships, where it is easy for in­fec­tions to spread, Dr Tan adds.

Be­fore your trip, check that your kid’s vac­ci­na­tions are up-to-date. You should also find out the re­quired or rec­om­mended shots for your travel des­ti­na­tion,

Dr Tan ad­vises.

Check out the United States’ Cen­tres for Dis­ease Con­trol (CDC) and Pre­ven­tion des­ti­na­tion list (www.cdc. gov/travel) which pro­vides in­for­ma­tion on each coun­try’s rec­om­mended vac­cines, as well as travel health no­tices and what to do if you fall ill.

Plan your vac­ci­na­tion sched­ule at least a month in ad­vance by con­sult­ing a doc­tor who is ex­pe­ri­enced in travel medicine, Dr Tan says.

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