Which is more important: a child’s right to a healthy diet or a child getting vaccinated?
With a record number of child deaths from vaccines around the world, parents across the globe are demanding a vaccine to prevent a resurgence of the pandemic.
But which is more likely to make a difference?
The answer lies in the child’s diet.
According to the World Health Organisation, a child who is on a healthy, balanced diet has a lower risk of getting the disease.
But what exactly is that?
The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations says a balanced diet is one that includes:A balanced diet that contains whole grains, fruit, vegetables, legumes, nuts and seeds, as well as fish, dairy products and meat; and a balanced intake of minerals such as zinc, iron and manganese, which are found in all foods.
The WHO also recommends that children consume at least six servings of fruits and vegetables each day.
This will be especially important if they are in the poorest and most deprived regions of the world.
The UN says a child with a healthy and balanced diet will have a lower incidence of being exposed to a pandemic-causing disease such as measles or polio.
A child who’s on a balanced, whole-grain diet will also have a higher chance of avoiding the flu and contracting measles.
A child on a vegan diet has the same chance of getting measles as a child on the diet of meat, poultry and eggs, but will have lower risk.
Vaccination rates are still low in some countries, but there’s no doubt that we’ve got to make sure that people are getting the best vaccine possible to protect us from this pandemic and make the world safer for everyone.