The small risk of serious adverse events is far outweighed by the disease-preventing benefits of vaccines in most cases. Some children may experience mild adverse events at the time of the vaccine, including fever, soreness at the vaccine site, or a lump under the skin where the shot was given. Some reactions (MMR) will not appear until weeks after the vaccine is given. Those who choose not to have their child vaccinated because of
There are some situations, though, in which children should not receive certain vaccines. Examples of these situations include children who:
- Had a life-threatening allergic reaction to a component in the vaccine
- Are severely ill (wait until the child has recovered)
- Are taking medications to suppress the immune system
- Have certain types of cancer or other diseases
For more information about immunizations, talk with your doctor. Casey Bowles, PA-C, is available to discuss immunizations and any questions you may have regarding their safety. To schedule an appointment, call the office at (540) 977-0900.
Source: Centers for Disease Control