Active immunisation means the production of substances that protect against disease (antibodies) by the child’s body itself. This active immunisation is long lasting unlike passive immunity, and may actually gives life-long protection against disease. Active immunisation is achieved by introducing a little amount of the disease-causing organism into the human body so that the body reacts to it by producing its own antibodies against that particular disease.
The effect of this is that any time the organism causing that particular disease come into that child’s body, these antibodies already present in the child’s body, attacks these germs and destroys them leaving the child totally disease-free.
Active immunisation can occur naturally or be medically-induced. Natural active immunisation occurs when a person gets exposed to the disease itself. No one can predict the impact of natural exposure to disease in an unprotected child so it is unwise to wait to natural exposure to disease as a means of active immunization as it can lead to death.
Medically-induced immunisation occurs when very small quantities of the disease-causing organism are administered to the child either orally or through injection. These medically-prepared small quantities of disease-causing organisms are called VACCINES.
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What is a cough?
Most people are familiar with the sound that is described as a cough. But a cough is not just a sound. It is a very strong protective reflex by the body to clear any foreign objects from the airway so that there is no obstruction to breathing. [Breathing is the process of taking and letting out air
through the nose. To breathe through the mouth (a condition called mouth-breathing) is abnormal and is an indication of an obstruction to the normal pathway for air in the body. ]
Distressing as a cough may be to both the child and the
caregiver present when the child is coughing, the encouraging side of this symptom is that the child’s protective reflexes with respect to breathing, are functional.
Now that we have a clearer understanding of what a cough is, it is only logical to ask certain questions.
1. What attracts foreign objects to a child’s airway(
what causes cough?)
2. Is it necessary to do anything when a child is coughing? If
yes, what first aid can be given to a child who is coughing?
3. Does a child need to go to the hospital because of cough? 4. Can this cough affect other children around?
5. Will this child outgrow this cough?
We will examine these questions and more in our series on cough