Vaccines for Every Girls and Women: Something that You Need to Know

This past few decades, vaccines help protect human kinds to fight against or eliminate some diseases and achieve such convincing results. Currently, vaccines including into National Immunization Program (NIP) to almost every countries around the globe, Cambodia also included in the list.

Decades ago, the concepts of vaccines and vaccination was really new among Cambodian people as well as healthcare professionals. Most of us used to thought that vaccination is “injection viruses” into our body, thus everyone are so afraid of being vaccinated and put ourselves in risk of getting infected from diseases that we can protected.

Nowadays, while knowledge and understanding of vaccines and vaccination has been improving day by day, everyone are seem not afraid to get themselves vaccinated. Cambodia government and some non-governmental organizations (NGOs) work really hard to introduce new vaccines into National Immunization Programs and recently they successfully introduce measles-rubella vaccine with very good acceptance from the public.

However, there are a lot of things that we don’t actually know about vaccines. Today, I will talk about vaccines that every girls and women “MUST” get themselves vaccinated.

There are some vaccines that every girls and women “HAVE TO” make sure that they already get it. Those vaccines are:

  1. Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis: This vaccine is a “MUST” get vaccine. There are too kind of this vaccine, DTP and dTp. DTP is for infants and children. while dTp is for adults. Most case, everyone of us already got this vaccine since we were young, but World Health Organization (WHO) recommended that “Everyone should get or booster diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis every 5 to 10 years”. This vaccine is really important for women whose plan to have baby too. Make sure that you get yourself vaccinated against these diseases and make sure that you get yourself booster once in every 5 to 10 years.
  2. Seasonal Flu: No one in this world could escape from flu, at least once a year if you didn’t get yourself vaccinated. Seasonal flu vaccine is for everyone, but it is a “NEED” to women who planned to give birth. They should get vaccination before they pregnant or their baby will faces a lot of problems. Seasonal flu vaccine is available out  there in the market, both public and private. 
  3. Varicella Vaccine: Varicella is a serious and contagious disease, but most of Cambodian people thought in different ways. More than half of Cambodian people thought that, “if you got varicella, it is good for you because you will never get it again.” That’s most valid point, why? Because someone who already get varicella will be immune and will never get it again. But the most important point here, people are compromising the “complications” of varicella. If a pregnancy women at first quarter of her pregnancy, and she gets varicella disease, they her baby would face so many complications, her baby could potentially abortion, abnormal growth etc. It’s just like MMR case. Before you decide to have baby, make sure that you ask your doctors, or physicians for Varicella vaccine. For younger girls, varicella will leave a lot of scars on their body, face or it could even make them blind or dead if it is severe and so many complications which I couldn’t describe here. Make sure that you get your beloved baby girls vaccinated against this forgotten disease.

These four vaccines are very important and every girls and women need to be vaccinated.


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