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The subject of vaccinations can be a contentious one and, unfortunately, the available advice is not always easy to navigate or even particularly clear.
Over the past decade or two, many have claimed that the effects of the vaccinations are worse than the illnesses themselves. However, most of the claims are controversial and as yet unproven. Unfortunately, this leaves most parents with a difficult decision to make when deciding whether or not they want to opt into the vaccination program – unless they already have a firm opinion one way or another.
Despite all the controversy, it has become increasingly common over the past few years for employers to request that their nanny or childcare provider has had all the usual vaccinations. There are a few illnesses, which are particularly contagious and can have severe complications in young children. These are most commonly Influenza, Whooping Cough and Measles.
The flu is rarely severe in healthy adults but it can hospitalise young children and can even cause death in the most extreme cases. Yearly flu vaccinations are advisable for any childcare worker, both to protect themselves, and to protect their charges, from the virus.
Whooping cough is highly contagious and affects the respiratory system. It can affect people of all ages but can be very serious indeed, particularly for babies less than a year old. The vaccination is offered to newborn babies and pregnant women due to its virulence. People who regularly work with children are advised to receive the vaccine at least two weeks prior to coming into contact with babies under one-year-old. This time-lapse will allow the vaccine to take effect.
Probably the most important vaccine as Measles is extremely dangerous and can cause death in unborn babies and children under 5 years old.
Due to the heated debate surrounding the issue, many people are wary of immunising themselves so it’s always best to check in advance if you are in anyway concerned about your potential employee:
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