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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:

  1. Inflammation at the injection site, like pain, swelling, redness.
  2. Mild fever
  3. Shivering
  4. Muscle pain
  5. Generalised weakness and fatigue
  6. Headache

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:

  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • 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.

 

 

 

 

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Raising Healthy Kids : Part One – Immunity

Your Child’s Immunity

This is a series on the questions that parents are asking themselves on what is the best way to raise their children ‘naturally’. 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. Our first post is by Dr. Gauri Mane on Immunity and Misconceptions around Vaccines.

Immunisation is surrounded by myths and misconceptions. Every parent wants to get the best immunity developed in their child. Many misconceptions about vaccines have persisted for decades because of a poor understanding of how vaccination works.

Combination Vaccines

The most common myth is that that a child’s immune system can be “overloaded” if the child receives multiple vaccines at once. This concern first began to appear as the recommended childhood immunization schedule expanded to include more vaccines, and as some vaccines were combined into a single shot. However, studies have repeatedly demonstrated that the recommended vaccines are no more likely to cause adverse effects when given in combination than when they are administered separately.

Statistical Effectiveness

When there’s an outbreak of a disease that’s rare for a given area, such as measles, unvaccinated people aren’t the only ones at risk. Because no vaccination is 100% effective, some vaccinated individuals will get the disease as well. In fact, during an outbreak, the number of vaccinated individuals who get sick will often outnumber the unvaccinated people who get sick. This, however, is not because vaccines are ineffective, but because there are so few people who avoid vaccination in the first place.

Chickenpox as an Example

Improved hygiene and nutrition, among other factors, can certainly lower the incidence of some diseases. Perhaps the best evidence that vaccines, and not hygiene and nutrition, are responsible for the sharp drop in disease and death rates is chickenpox. If hygiene and nutrition alone were enough to prevent infectious diseases, chickenpox rates would have dropped long before the introduction of the varicella vaccine, which was not available until the mid-1990s.

Need for Caution

It is also said that do not give a live vaccine if your child’s immunity is weakened. Live vaccines are ones that contain the virus or bacteria they’re supposed to protect against, albeit in a weakened, inactivated or dead form.

It’s a fact that your child shouldn’t have live vaccines, such as BCG (tuberculosis vaccination) or MMR, if:

  1. your child is taking high-dose steroid tablets, or is taking lower doses either alongside other drugs or over a long time.
  2. your child is being treated for cancer with chemotherapy or radiotherapy, or has had these treatments within the last six months
  3. your child has had an organ transplant and is on immunosuppressant drugs
  4. your child has had a bone marrow transplant and finished all immunosuppressive therapy within the last 12 months

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.

In the followings parts of this series we explore the side-effects of vaccines and how to naturally boost immunity in children.

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