Here’s everything you need to know about WHO prequalified vaccines

posted by Anupriya November 30, 2019 0 comments

There is no denying the significance of vaccination for babies. It is our responsibility to provide our babies with required vaccines and in a timely manner. This is to ensure their health and safety. But yes, I have to agree that as a new mother I was overwhelmed by the frequency of the needles being pricked into my baby’s skin. Also, to visit the doctor every other week became a little difficult in the midst of the disturbed sleep cycles and the coping up with post-partum life. Honestly, I didn’t think so much about the inconveniences at the time I was in the situation. But now in hindsight it all sounds so overwhelming to me.

I was in a discussion with a friend who has recently had a baby and was pleasantly surprised that science and research and development has led to immense benefits in the field of vaccines too. There are now combination vaccines available that reduce the number of injections required. What’s more, less painful vaccines have been developed that significantly reduce the discomfort caused to the baby.

The Benefits of Combination Vaccines

I was delighted as well as curious about the new combination vaccines. So I did research of my own and found out some facts:

  • The combination vaccines protect kids from multiple(upto six) major childhood diseases.
  • It effectively reduces the number of injections without compromising on the right amount of doze to be given.
  • The acellular vaccines against whooping cough are baby friendly, as they cause less pain than other whole cell vaccines thus resulting in lower adverse side effects.
  • Most importantly some of the combination vaccines are WHO pre-qualified. This means that an authority as widely recognized as the WHO is constantly checking among others the safety and effectiveness of a vaccine. As a parent, what more could you ask for?

I am a relatively apathetic mother when it comes to things that ought to be done. But I have seen so many of my friends turn into vaccination nerds even while they were expecting. And when I shared this update with them, they really seemed to be very happy about this latest vaccine development. I guess then, I will go by their verdict.WHO pre-qualified combination vaccines sure are going to be a hit with new parents!

What’s #YourCareQuotient? How much do you understand your child when it comes to sleep patterns, feeding and vaccination? Take the easy, interactive quiz that guides you and get the childcare guide now.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in the blog content are independent and unbiased views of solely the blogger/ third party This is a part of public awareness initiative supported by Sanofi Pasteur India. Sanofi Pasteur bears no responsibility for the content of the blog. One should consult their healthcare provider for any health related information.


No Fever. But Still Flu?

Is it Flu if There is no Fever? – Understanding The Difference

posted by Anupriya November 11, 2019 0 comments

Recently, my boy caught a cold and I took him to the pediatrician thinking she will give him a medicine for common cold. But she told me that my child had a flu-like illness and I should have given him a flu shot. I was confused because he had no fever so I asked the pediatrician if my child has no fever, is it still flu? Continue Reading

Book Reviews

#JustRomance by Jyoti Arora Book Review

posted by Anupriya November 2, 2019 0 comments

I always say that I am not very fond of short stories. They take me to the apex of involvement from the word go and even before I realize, they’re over way too soon. I am always left wanting for more. #JustRomance by Jyoti Arora was no exception. Every story explores a different aspect of love.

Drunk On Love – Is the story of the most unlikely couple. Anjali is a small town girl from a conservative family and Rajat, a bartender in a bar in the big city. How they crossover the inhibitions imposed by conventional thought flow and find love in each other.

Miles Apart – Is it possible to sustain love over long distances? Sometimes distance acts as a catalyst and strengthens the ties that hold the promise of a long term commitment. Continue Reading

British Council Library
Kids Learning

Bringing Joy along with the Library Culture @ British Council Library Kolkata

posted by Anupriya September 18, 2019 0 comments

When I was growing up, there was no Google and we looked up for our answers in Encyclopedia(s) in the library. I remember how as a student I was enchanted by my school library – a room full of racks, one row after another containing in them hundreds of books written much before even I was born.  It’s a sad irony today that libraries have lost their sheen and online search media has taken over instead.

But this 15th of September, I got an opportunity to experience the magic that a library holds at the Family Day at British Council Library. Yes, you guessed it right, I took my boy along with me to be a part of various events and celebrate completion of 70 years of British Council in India. Continue Reading

Kiran Padhi
Women In Business

#MyFriendAlexa – Kiran Padhi of Emerge Transformation – Story of a Life Coach Entrepreneur

posted by Anupriya September 6, 2019 10 Comments

Today we have with us Kiran Padhi, Life Coach who has been working ardently for last three years to help people transform their lives and achieve their dreams.

Kiran Padhi is a Management Graduate and began her career as a Human Resources professional. She then decided to switch over to being a Life Coach and is now a coveted NLP practitioner, Laws of Attraction Trainer, Career Coach. She is determined to bring the benefits of NLP and Laws of Atttraction to more and more people through her venture Emerge Transformation. Continue Reading

Ira Hand Creations
Women In Business

#WomenInBusiness – Ira Hand Creations by Akhila Shekhar Ramganesh – #MyFriendAlexa

posted by Anupriya September 4, 2019 2 Comments

The current times are said to be the best times for those who want to leave the rut of routine life and not be stuck in a corporate job (oh, I have nothing against corporate jobs. Given a choice I would get myself one asap). It is a well known fact that India is bustling with over qualified women who were once working, but put their careers on the back seat because of various personal issues. The above two trends crossing paths has given rise to a new race of entrepreneurs who in the modern nomenclature known as – Mompreneurs, Solopreneurs, Homepreneurs etc.

Starting this September, every week on my blog , I will be featuring one woman entrepreneur who is carving her identity amidst holding various caps and balancing them while traversing through all the madness of life. So here’s raising a toast to all these amazing ladies, who put their heart to everything they do and the more surprising part is that they do everything equally amazingly.

Akhila Shekhar Ramaganesh At Ira Hand Creations

Akhila is a management graduate and set her priorities in her family once she gave birth to her son Advait. She is a mother of two and her daughter Poorna became the inspiration for her to explore her creative self. Let’s hear it from here about her venture Ira Hand Creations. Ira Hand Creations is a home based venture where Akhila makes handmade customized hair accessories. Continue Reading

Book Reviews

Book Review – ‘Hiraeth’ – Partition Stories from 1947 by Shivani Salil

posted by Anupriya August 26, 2019 3 Comments

As a youngster who grew up in Chandigarh, during my growing up years I only understood that ‘refugees’ were a sect of people, who came ‘here’ from the other side. The other side that our parents’ and our battle scarred generations have come to hate with our heart and soul. But as I grew up and my social circle expanded, I got to peep into their lives, their struggles and their predicaments. As the horizons of my mind broadened, the view towards refugees transformed from being wary, to being respectful and in some cases even proud.  Like in this one instance where a fellow blogger who has come to be a very dear friend Dr. Shivani Salil, makes my heart swell with pride with her book ‘Hiraeth’ – Partition Stories from 1947. Continue Reading


Do Homemakers Need To File Income Tax Returns?

posted by Anupriya August 22, 2019 0 comments

An individual or company usually file income tax returns for the annual income earned. Filing income tax returns is a good practice even if you’re not liable to pay tax. This is because there are several benefits associated with tax return filing. It is, of course, surprising to know that homemakers can file income returns even when they do not earn a regular income. Here you would know about some of the reasons that influence homemakers to file income tax returns. Continue Reading

Arjun Gupta
Book Reviews

Book Review – ‘Shhh Don’t Talk About Mental Health’ by Arjun Gupta

posted by Anupriya August 12, 2019 0 comments

When a 22 year old lad, decides to write a book on Mental Health, it is likely to pique interest of someone like me, who has been already reading a lot about Mental Wellness. What makes the case to read this book more convincing is the fact that the author has himself battled severe clinical depression at such a young age. And once out of it, he has been spreading awareness about Mental Health through his blog and Youtube channel.

I have closely followed Arjun’s work and really appreciate the traction of his work. So it was a given that I was going to read this book. I have to confess that having read this book I realize how little I knew about the history and the case for maximum awareness for mental health. I am really glad that I lay my hands on this book. So here’s my review of  ‘Shhh Don’t Talk About Mental Health’ by Arjun Gupta Continue Reading

School App
Kids Learning

The Unique Side of School Apps: Connecting Schools To Parents Through Effective Communication

posted by Anupriya August 2, 2019 0 comments

Most adults remember the time of the year when schools re-started, and everything happened at the last minute. As children, we would have forgotten at least one activity or chore assigned by the teacher to complete during the holidays. We’d remember it just 24 hours before the first day back to school. This is only one example. When kids are in school, things are always rushed for parents who try their level best to keep everything in order.

In the grey cloud of continually juggling work, school, and extracurricular activities, there is a silver lining. Technology has made it much, much easier for parents and the school to communicate. A school app like Voice Snap offers a unique solution. With just a touch of a button, a guardian can contact a school administrator, a teacher can get in touch with parents, or a student can see their transcripts.

Let’s explore the three main ways parenting and school apps aid in connecting parents and academic institutions. Continue Reading