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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.