Vaccine Complications

Most side effects from vaccines are very mild. They're usually just some redness or swelling at the injection site. You can manage these by putting a cool washcloth on the skin to reduce the swelling.

Severe allergic reactions are very rare and are usually because of an allergy to Gelatin or Eggs (less then 1% of population), which are common ingredients in vaccines. Watch your child closely after they recieve their first shots and look for these symptoms:

Problems breathing
Weakness
Dizziness
Wheezing
Coughing
Vomiting
Diarrhea
Low blood pressure
Increased heart rate
Hives
Pale skin
Throat swelling

If they have any of these things call your doctor right away. They could be having a reaction even if it's been a few days since the shot.

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