Vaccination Side Effects Immunization in Vancouver
Vaccination Side Effects
Childhood vaccinations are designed to protect children from a variety of potentially serious or even fatal diseases, such as meningitis, diphtheria, measles, tetanus, polio, and whooping cough. Although some of these diseases are fairly uncommon, the primary reason for their unfamiliar presence is due to scheduled childhood vaccines. While most children undergo scheduled vaccinations without incident, some will experience mild to severe symptoms. Some common side effects include slight pain and swelling at the injection site and a low-grade fever. In rare cases, a scheduled vaccination can cause high fevers, uncontrollable crying, or changes in behavior.
Some parents believe that natural immunity is better than vaccinations. Although a natural infection will often provide more immunity against a disease than a series of vaccinations, the negative side effects of natural immunity can be significant. For example, a natural case of the chickenpox during childhood could lead to pneumonia. Getting the mumps naturally could cause a child to go deaf. Hemophilus influenza infections could result in meningitis. Scheduled childhood vaccinations can help prevent these diseases and keep your child healthy.
Any vaccination can cause side effects. However, most side effects are mild and go away on their own within hours or days. On the minor end of the spectrum, common side effects include redness and soreness at the injection site and a low-grade fever. Some vaccinations can also cause a mild headache that is temporary, as well as slight fatigue, dizziness, and loss of appetite. In rare cases, a child may suffer from an allergic reaction to the vaccine. Other rare side effects include neurological symptoms, such as a seizure. While side effects can occur, the diseases they treat are generally worse.
Vaccinations are given early in life for a number of reasons. Most diseases that childhood vaccines are designed to prevent occur during childhood. As children have underdeveloped immune systems, they are most at risk for acquiring these serious diseases. This is why most medical professionals recommend not waiting until your child is older to get the scheduled childhood vaccinations. It’s also not a good idea to skip a vaccine, as this could leave your child vulnerable to potential harmful conditions.
If your child develops a fever after a scheduled vaccination, there are several things you can do to provide relief. Keep your child cool by making sure that they are not wearing too many layers of clothing or bedding. Provide your child with plenty of cool beverages. Consult with your child’s pediatrician about giving your child a dose of infant ibuprofen . If you are concerned about your child’s side effects after having a vaccine, speak to your child’s doctor or ER department if the side effects are severe.
When your child receives a vaccination, your health care provider should provide you with a handout that describes the vaccine and any possible side effects. Your healthcare provider may also discuss the side effects with you in person and provide tips on how to treat these side effects if they occur. Vaccinations undergo rigorous safety testing before they can be approved by the FDA, and they continue to be monitored for safety thereafter. In most cases, any side effects that occur after a vaccine injection will go away within a few days. In the meantime, don’t be surprised if your child complains of a slight pain or tenderness at the injection site, fatigue, headache, nausea, mild rash, fever, dizziness, or itching at the injection site.
At Vitalia Health Care, our goal is to help individuals looking for information about vaccination side effects, risks, and benefits. We also provide natural medical treatments at our Vancouver naturopathic clinic. For more information, contact us today.
Disclaimer: The information provided on-line and during consultation is to enable parents to make an educated, informed decision regarding vaccinations and scheduling of vaccinations. It is not the intent of the naturopathic physicians at Vitalia Healthcare to pursue or convince parents to vaccinate or not, rather to provide consultation, education and research which helps parents to make their own decisions for their children's vaccination schedule.