Masks and Social Distancing – Are these enough to keep our Children Safe ??

During the Covid era, people are confused whether to visit the doctor’s clinic or not. I have noticed that people, especially the parents of kids and the elderly totally avoid visiting the doctor’s clinic as they feel that the kids and the elderly are vulnerable to Covid 19. During Covid lockdown period, people only noticed clinical changes in them for sneezing, cough, cold and fever and forgot the ailments that they were suffering from.

Hospitals and clinics wore a deserted look and even the parents of young kids were confused whether to go for immunization or not. They were worried that they would miss the dates of immunization as specified for their children but the dread of #Coronavirus did not let them take a valid decision.

Parents got various types of masks for their children, the special kinds to save them from the dreaded infection and said a strict No for socialization. Totally captivated at home, the initial lockdown was easy on kids but as the lockdown got extended, kids started turning anxious and cranky.

The moms of the kids too had a tough time handling children the whole day and their exaggerated demand left them exhausted.

Many queries were floating in regarding immunizations of the kids and so I called up my paediatrician friend, practicing in a highly infected city, Mumbai…once the Land of Dreams that had turned turtle due to spread of Covid.

After checking the welfare of each other, I started with my list of questions. I had a good number of confusions and Dr. Nandini had the solutions.

Me – Hey, I hope masks, sanitizers and social distancing will help children to fight with the infections? I haven’t got my kid immunized with booster vaccines till yet, though it was due much earlier? What do you say?

Dr. Nandini – I know the reason of your hesitation but you should not miss the immunization dates for the required vaccines. It’s as important as masks, hand washing and social or physical distancing. These accessories will help you all to defend yourself from Covid 19 but it won’t help your kid with his immunity level. That is the role of only vaccines, dear. Please don’t miss.

Me – Doctor, since the first lockdown, I and my kids have not crossed the threshold of our house fearing the wrath of Covid. Won’t they get infected by the health worker who for sure are attending to a number of patients?

Dr. Nandini – See Ma’am, as you are taking precautions, so are the health workers too because they are more vulnerable and susceptible to Covid 19 than you. They wear PPE kits and face shields to save themselves from infection and they will immunize once the slot is booked for vaccinations. They keep half an hour buffer time after each patient’s visit and enough care is being taken of to sanitize the section. Don’t delay, go for it and ask other moms too.

Me – What about developing fever after immunization? I am more worried about it.

Dr. Nandini – Take it easy, Ma’am. It happened earlier and more or less same would be the impact of the immunization shots. At max, paracetamol would be advised for pain and fever. Don’t miss the shots. It is imperative to get DTP booster vaccines on time. It improves the immunity level in children and saves from different diseases like Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis (DTP). It protects the kids from these diseases and the antibodies developed by these go a long way in giving protection. Timely shots are imperative, no more delay. The doctors and the health workers are more concerned of their welfare as well as the visitors. Learn the art to live with Covid, because it is not going to bid us goodbye easily and all activities have to be carried out with following the safety precautions of #Coronavirus.

We had a hearty laugh and bid goodbye and I was freed of my hesitation. Soon, I dialled and took an appointment for the booster dose of DTP to get the shots for my loved one.

Your child’s DTP booster vaccination is a must. #Don’tWaitVaccinate and know more about the Right DTP vaccine.

Disclaimer:

The views expressed in the blog content are independent and unbiased views of solely the blogger. This is a part of the public awareness initiative supported by Sanofi Pasteur India. Sanofi Pasteur India bears no responsibility for the content of the blog. One should consult their healthcare provider for any health-related information.

Reference: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd/diphtheria/index.html

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Dr Bushra Allaboutthewoman says:

    Parents are delaying or skipping vaccination out of fear. But they must know that timely DTP booster vaccination is a must to protect kids from infectious diseases #Don’tWaitVaccinate

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  2. Diseases like Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis never get extinct. We have to keep our guard up by getting primary as well as booster vaccination on time.

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  3. pythoroshan says:

    I am glad this is a discussion taking place on social media. The message needs to reach parents urgently. So many are skipping doses.

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