As new and first-time parents, we were happy, excited, worried, and emotional all at the same time. Like any new parent, our initial lessons and preparation on parenting took place via Google or some famous online platforms. I was pre-informed about a lot of things when it came to my little one but one that took most of my time in reading and understanding was vaccinations. And now as an experienced parent, I am learning anew about booster of vaccines.
Our little one recently got the fifth dose of the DTP booster vaccine as she is about to complete 5 years in a couple of months. Now that I have been through this journey and learned a few things along the way, I want to share this with as many parents as possible and hope it helps in finding some answers about vaccination. Today, we will discuss DTP boosters and, the whats and whys of it.
What is DTP Booster?
By definition, DTP vaccines are a shot of medicine that helps protect your child from diseases like diphtheria (dip-theer-e-uh), tetanus (tet-nuss), and pertussis (per-tuh-sis) or whooping cough. Diphtheria and pertussis are spread from person to person whereas tetanus enters the body through cuts or wounds.
The Importance of DTP Boosters
This vaccine provides immunity from three different infectious diseases. The DTP is often given as part of a combination vaccine. It is a part of the standard vaccination schedule.
It has been observed that even after 3 doses of DTP vaccine, the protection level is only 80%. Hence, it is prudent to administer 2 boosters for better protection against DTP. Children in the age group of 4 years are given DTaP (full strength booster), and adolescents in the age group of 9-13 years are given Tdap (reduced strength booster). These vaccines give you long term protection for Tetanus too so you don’t have to take it every year.
When should these be given?
Every child should receive five doses of DTP vaccine. The first dose should be given at 2 months, the second dose at 4 months, the third dose at 6 months, the fourth dose at 15-18 months, and the fifth dose at 4-6 years. After that, adolescents need to be given a booster dose too.
In the current scenario, where lockdowns are still in place or have ended in other places, but people are hesitant to step out, parents need to remember that they cannot afford to miss vaccination boosters for their children.
At home, they might not be socializing as much, but with time their immunity weakens and unless booster doses are administered, children are not fully protected. At the same time, they are the reservoirs of infections themselves. Which means other family members are at risk. Thus, younger siblings and elderly grandparents at home are at equal risk.
Parents must talk to their doctors and arrange to get the booster doses for their children and adolescents.
Be more careful when you step out of the house. Please use all the precautionary measures to stay safe in the pandemic and get your child vaccinated on time. Stay safe and let’s keep our kids healthy too!
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