News Desk, News Nation 360 : A multi-channel campaign was launched by GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Limited (GSK) to increase public awareness of the importance of vaccinations for children between the ages of one and two. For children in this age range, the Indian Academy of Paediatrics (IAP) advises seven vaccinations: a yearly flu shot, a booster dose of PCV and DTP Hib IPV, a second dose of meningitis and MMR, and a first dose of chickenpox and hepatitis A. In India, vaccination rates are high in the first year, but they rise in the second year. A considerable proportion of children nationwide are still only partially immunised. Dr Rashmi Hegde, Executive Vice President - Medical Affairs, GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals, India, said that there have been nationwide outbreaks of several vaccine-preventable illnesses over the last three years, including the flu, measles, and chickenpox. In addition to short-term health disruption, vaccine-preventable diseases have long-term effects on children's developmental milestones.
A healthy and happy childhood is a promise that comes with finishing the immunisation schedule, and this helps to guarantee that kids grow up to be healthy adults. They hope to inform parents—even in the second year of life—of the importance of vaccinating their children as recommended by this campaign. GSK's newly launched campaign urges parents to stick to their child's immunisation schedule until the child is two years old to maintain vaccination-based protection against such avoidable diseases. A partial vaccination may increase their vulnerability to life-threatening infectious disease complications. Children who receive only a portion of the recommended vaccinations may also infect their younger siblings who have not received the full dose or their elderly grandparents who are more susceptible to these illnesses.
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