Friday, November 3, 2017

Be Proactive! Prevent the Spread of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases

One of the responsibilities of a mother is to make sure that their child is in top health condition.  When her child gets sick, the mother is the number 1 solution-finder.  On the other hand, to prevent her child from getting sick, the mother is the one finding ways to prevent it from happening.

Vaccination has been a very controversial topic among forums because a lot of people blame vaccines for getting sick.  In addition, vaccines are costly, thus not all people can afford to have one.

It's good to know that Mommy Mundo has come up with a series of talks called "Mom Protect".  This is in partnership with Philippine Foundation for Vaccination to help address the concerns on keeping the family healthy and to educate mothers on proactive family prevention.


Mom Protect: A talk with moms, by moms, and for moms

"Mom Protect" highlights the importance of awareness and access to new and better health prevention methods as family and well-being is any mom's top priority.

Dr. Cecilia Montalban, President of the Philippine Foundation for Vaccination said that a lot of parents are misinformed about vaccinations.  Not all doctors are also knowledgeable about vaccines, it's a specialty called vaccinology.  Through "Mom Protect", Dr. Montalban hopes to correct any misinformation about vaccines, "By leading moms to helpful, effective, and efficient solutions against vaccine-preventable diseases, we'll be empowering them to live worry-free through proactive protection and prevention," Dr. Montalban stressed.


Dr. Cecilia Montalban giving a primer on vaccination


During the talk, Dr. Montalban strongly urged all attendees to take a proactive approach when it comes to family.  "Prevention is always better than cure, especially if the cure is not always available.  Advances in medical science have given us highly effective ways to avoid the pain and costs of diseases through vaccination," Dr. Montalban added.

Proactive prevention constitutes a three-pronged strategy: Awareness, Diligent practice, and Sharing.

  • Moms are encouraged to become actively aware and alert by reaching out to their doctors to know more about prevention methods they can do or apply at home.  This is also to ensure that they are thoroughly updated on new medical developments that might be of help in the future.
  • Diligent practice of learnings received--even when children are past toddler-age--is recommended as consistency is key in building and fortifying family health and resiliency.
  • Passing accurate information forward to other mothers is important.  Moms are encouraged to join communities online to connect with people who share the same experience and those who have successfully combatted these illnesses.

Through "Mom Protect", Mommy Mundo and PFV aspire to give Filipino families peace of mind amid public health concerns by thorough preparation together.


Dr. Cecilia Montalban, Ms. Lyn Ching-Pascual (host), and Ms. Janice Villanueva of Mommy Mundo


Never be afraid to ask questions about vaccines to your doctor before getting one. 

Bottomline is, whether you take vaccines or not, mothers should make sure that their families will be far from getting ill and be wise enough on which action to take.

Stay healthy everyone!

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