Raising Healthy Kids : Part Two – Vaccine Side Effects
Vaccine Side Effects
At Biogetica we choose the middle road and want to present the facts as is. Our Doctors have prepared these posts for the most common and pressing questions that parents face today when deciding how to raise healthy children. This follow-up to the post on Immunity is by Dr. Gauri Mane on Vaccine Side Effects.
Are Vaccine Side Effects a Part of the Vaccination Program?
Most of us are plagued by this niggling thought every time we set out to give ourselves or our kids a vaccination shot. Vaccines are continually monitored for safety, however like any other medication, vaccine can cause side effects. It’s tricky, but a decision not to immunize your child is risky and could put your child and others who come into contact with him or her at risk of contracting a potentially deadly disease.
Whilst all vaccines have the potential to cause side effects in some people, the reality is that most tend to be mild and don’t last long. If you are skeptical about an illness or suspect any untoward side effect, please consult your doctor.
Common side effects include:
- Inflammation at the injection site, like pain, swelling, redness.
- Mild fever
- Muscle pain
- Generalised weakness and fatigue
Rare Side Effects of the Vaccine
A far less common but serious vaccine side effect is an allergic reaction, also known as an anaphylactic reaction. Though they occur very rarely, are dramatic and potentially life threatening. They are completely reversible if treated promptly and accurately by any healthcare person.
Few Tips to do if Your Child is Unwell After Vaccination
Most common side effects in babies and young children are at the site of injection. They are:
- A small hard lump or nodule.
These symptoms usually pass away within a couple of days and you don’t even need to do anything about it. Children may develop a fever; try to keep your child cool at such times. Give them plenty of liquids and make sure they are not wearing too many layered clothes. Avoid giving them a bath, instead sponge them or put a fan on them. You can also give them a dose of paracetamol or ibuprofen liquid after consulting your pediatrician.
About the writer
Dr.Gauri Mane has a B.H.M.S degree from Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, Mumbai. She topped her class and graduated Magna Cum Laude. She is a licensed Homeopath, with over 4 years of clinical experience in Homeopathy, as well as Allopathy.
She has also worked as a Research Coordinator for several clinical trials. Besides this, she possesses a Post Graduate Diploma in Hospital and Healthcare management (PGDHHM) from Symbiosis Institute, Pune. She is also a certified Nutritionist and Dietitian.