Vaccine-preventable diseases or VPDs (eg tuberculosis, pertussis, influenza, rotavirus infection and so on) are an ever-present threat. They affect all ages – children, adults and the elderly – and can result in life-threatening complications or even death. Many VPDs are highly infectious and can spread very rapidly throughout entire communities.
Daycare & School
Some infectious VPDs that affect children (eg measles and chicken pox) are very infectious and can easily be passed on when the little ones play, share and interact with one another. Vaccination is the best protection against these infectious VPDs. That’s why some private schools in Malaysia and other countries will not admit children who have not been vaccinated.
Clinics & Hospitals
You could pick up several types of infectious VPDs while visiting a relative in a doctor’s waiting room, or recovering in a ward. This is hardly surprising, as these scenarios would see you being surrounded by many sick people. Besides, you are more susceptible to an infection when you are sick because your immune system is weakened. Avoid putting yourself at risk by getting vaccinated.
We might be risking our health every time we interact with our colleagues, clients, and customers. It might just take a handshake, getting sneezed or coughed at, or handling a contaminated phone to catch an infectious VPD (like influenza, or something worse). Infection might affect your productivity, force you to take sick leave and rack up expensive medical bills. The impact is even greater if you are self-employed or depend on daily wages. Don’t let infectious VPDs disrupt your work and livelihood. Choose to immunise.
Food & Drink
We Malaysians love to eat out but this may put us at risk of infectious VPDs that are spread through food and drinks, such as Hepatitis A, cholera and typhoid. The food may have been undercooked, prepared in an unhygienic manner, or contaminated by a handler or cook who is infected with a disease. Don’t let infectious VPDs turn your meals into a hazardous experience. Immunise today.
Your Loved Ones
Yes, you can even catch an infectious VPD from the people you cherish. For instance, sexual contact can spread certain infections such as Human Papillomavirus (HPV), hepatitis B, and meningococcal disease. Alternatively, VPDs (e.g. pertussis or whooping cough) may get passed between parents, grandparents and children through touch, saliva droplets (from coughing and sneezing) or even kisses. Give those you love the protection they deserve with immunisation.
The World Tourism Organisation recognises international travel as a public health concern. You can contract a VPD from an infected fellow passenger, the locals, or the food and drinks you consume. The risk is increased when you travel to countries where certain infectious VPDs (e.g. yellow fever) are always present or where outbreaks are occurring. You may or may not fall sick, but there is a chance that you could bring the infection home. Be responsible to yourself, your family and your nation by vaccinating before you travel.