KUALA LUMPUR: Mothers play an important role in ensuring that their children are immunised, says the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef).
Its Malaysia social policy specialist Maya Faisal said for Mothers Day, a message that the organisation wanted to impart was that mothers needed to ensure that their children were vaccinated.
“As a responsible mother, it is important for you to vaccinate your children.
“Vaccination is still the No.1 intervention for preventable child deaths,” said Maya.
She reminded that getting a child vaccinated would also benefit the community.
“If you are part of a community and you are healthy, your community is healthy,” she said, adding that global immunisation programmes saved two to three million lives annually.
Maya reiterated Unicef’s stand that immunisation was needed to ensure a child’s survival despite a growing movement in Western countries rejecting vaccinations out of a belief that vaccines would cause autism.
“There is definitely an idea emerging in Western developed nations that they do not want any unnatural things in their babies.
“That is a major ‘No’ for us.
“Vaccines do not cause autism – there are over 12,000 peer-reviewed studies that have not made any links between vaccinations for children and autism,” she explained, noting that autism was a genetically-driven disease with its own complexities.
by HANIS ZAINAL.