The recent outbreak of measles in all parts of the UK have highlighted once again the very real importance of children having immunization. From about the age of two months, the children will be given a series of immunization against various diseases and illnesses, and this should be the peak of the amplifier when the time is right.
Although parents have a choice when it comes to child immunisations, it is very risky to opt-out because children tend to be a very serious risk for the rest of their childhood at least, and in some cases, for life.
It is too easy to overlook a serious illness as unlikely and rare, but of course, the only reason they rarely are because of the widespread use of vaccines and immunization of children the regular program.
The recent outbreak of measles in the UK was direct as a result of the fear that a few years ago associated with the MMR vaccine. A few years ago it was (wrongly) claimed that MMR vaccine can trigger autism in children, and as a result, many parents opt-out of having their children immunized.
The result is that a few years later millions of children are at risk of serious, and it should not be overlooked that the majority of this disease that children should be vaccinated can be life-threatening.
How do Vaccines work?
Vaccines work by introducing a malicious version of the disease the vaccine is intended to protect against. So with measles, a, very weak inert form of the measles virus is introduced. It's quite dangerous, and can not spread or cause disease itself to develop.
What it did was trigger the body's natural immune system to analyze the virus and develop antibodies against it. This then gives the immune system a permanent record of the disease and how to fight it effectively.