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Janitva, a Pfizer initiative is a small step that aims to bring about a big change in the lives of the elderly by creating awareness about adult vaccination and spreading knowledge that can protect them against Pneumococcal disease.
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Myths V/S Mythbusters
It is better to be immunized through the disease than vaccines.
Vaccines interact with the immune system to produce an immune response similar to that produced by the natural infection, but they do not cause the disease.
In contrast, the price paid for getting immunity through natural infection might be very high.
Vaccine-preventable illnesses are just an unfortunate fact of life.
Vaccine preventable diseases do not have to be 'facts of life'. Illnesses can lead to severe complications in adults. All these diseases and suffering can be prevented with vaccines.
Better hygiene and sanitation will make diseases disappear - vaccines are not necessary.
While better hygiene, hand washing and clean water help protect people from infectious diseases, many infections can spread regardless of how clean we are. If people are not vaccinated, diseases that have become uncommon, (polio and measles), will reappear.
Vaccines cause many harmful side effects, illnesses, and not to mention possible long-term effects we don't even know about.
Vaccines are actually very safe. Most vaccine adverse events are minor and temporary, such as a sore arm or mild fever. These can often be controlled by taking paracetamol before or after vaccination. More serious adverse events occur rarely (on the order of one per thousands to one per millions of doses), and some are so rare that risk cannot be accurately assessed.
Multiple vaccines given at the same time are harmful.
Extensive studies are done before multiple vaccines are recommended to be given at the same time. This practice is safe.
A holistic lifestyle will bolster our immune systems and protect us from disease.
Taking steps like maintaining a healthy lifestyle are good aids. However, research has shown over and over that vaccination is by far the safest and most effective way to avoid infection with these diseases.
I have always been a health freak and I exercise daily. Stress is something I cannot avoid in today’s world, but atleast I see to it that I get a good night’s sleep. With age I feel, my body is finding it difficult to cope up with my daily routine.