Vaccination & its importance in our life

Two things such as clean drinking water and availability of vaccine have highly positive impact on quality of life. Vaccination are given to prevent and make body strong against a particular infection such as:

family vaccination

  • Polio vaccine to prevent against polio.
  • Flu vaccine to prevent against Flu
  • Hepatitis B vaccine for prevent against Hepatitis.
  • Pneumococcal vaccine is for prevention of pneumonia and so on.

Nature has provided immune system in our body to fight against infection and these are in shape T and B cells. Our immune system becomes stronger and active when it is combating infection or is in disease condition.

vaccination importance

History of development of Vaccination

The term vaccine was first used by a British doctor Edward Jenner in year 1796. The term vaccine was derived from Latin word “vacca” which means cow. This word was used by him because the virus mainly effecting cow in shape of “cowpox”. He also noted that people affected by Cowpox don’t have small pox. He decided to do an experiment in the light of his above mentioned observation on human being. He selected a young boy for the experiment, by giving him cowpox virus and protecting him from smallpox. He extracted and scratched liquid from the cowpox source and given in to human body. The same method was observed in small pox cases. The difficulties were observed initially with this method / techniques of inoculation and were further refined with the time, experience and research.

vaccination history

Experiment to develop immunity in human

The Dr. Edward Jenner in light of his observation, he did experiment on the boy by injecting cowpox in the same way as people tried to give smallpox. After six weeks, he scratched smallpox into the boy’s skin. His observation and monitoring showed, the boy did not get sick from smallpox. In this way the same boy was the first person ever to receive vaccination.

Vaccine development path

It took nearly hundred years to develop another vaccine beside small pox was in 1879 that is cholera vaccine. At the current level there are now 28 vaccines developed to prevent and guard against various diseases.

Current availability of vaccines

Few of names of vaccination given are provided for ready reference and daily use by doctors or immunologist to protect you and your loved ones.

DiphtheriaInfluenza (Seasonal Flu)Poliomyelitis (Polio)Tetanus (Lockjaw)
Hepatitis AJapanese Encephalitis (JE)RabiesTuberculosis
Hepatitis BMeaslesRotavirusTyphoid Fever
Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)MumpsRubella (German Measles)Varicella (Chickenpox)
Human Papillomavirus (HPV)Pertussis (Whooping Cough)Shingles (Herpes Zoster)Yellow Fever
H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu)PneumococcalSmallpoxMeningococcal
AnthraxCervical Cancer

About Mahmood Hussain

Professional Experience More than 36 years work experience in Healthcare & Pharmaceutical sectorDirector & General Manager Baby First (Pvt.) Ltd Pakistan March 2011 – till to date I have been associated with Baby First (Pvt) Ltd for more than 5 years. It is advisory, community and social interaction medium for parents 16-38 years and babies 0-6 years.General Manager Aga Khan Health Service Pakistasn December 2005 – December 2007 (2 years 1 month)Based at Karachi Pakistan Worked as General Manager managing Karachi & Baluchistan Health care services of AKHSP which includes primary and secondary health care centers and diagnostic centers on all areas nearly 102 centers which include three leading hospitals in Karachi.General Manager Janssen Cilag (Johnson & Johnson) February 1998 – January 2005 (7 years)Education MBA, Marketing 1995 – 1996, Preston University MSc, Biochemistry 1970 – 1974, Karachi University

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