Taking your child to get vaccinated is no easy task. Every parent wants their child to be healthy, but can naturally be a little worried about getting their child vaccinated. There are so many risks and unknown factors when it comes to childhood vaccinations, and it’s only natural that parents want to make sure that the shots they’re giving their kids are effective and aren’t dangerous. Autism and vaccine experts like David Geier want to help parents and put the power back into their hands when it comes to vaccine information and decisions. If you’re concerned about your child’s vaccinations, there are some questions you should have answers to before you take them to the doctor.
1. Have I or any family members had adverse reactions to vaccines?
You’re worried about how your child will react to a vaccination, but you should really be concerned about yours and your family’s history of vaccine reactions. Your family’s medical history can tell you a lot about how your child will react when they’re vaccinated. Do you remember getting sick after getting a shot? Are any of your family members allergic to certain vaccines? If you remember you or your family having any difficulties, you should discuss your concerns with doctors.
2. Do I have information about side effects?
When we say information about side effects, we don’t mean general information about what could go wrong with vaccines. Every vaccine is different, and certain side effects that can happen with one may not happen with the other. Take time to research the specific vaccine your child will be getting, and the potential side effects that are associated with it. While we’re on the topic of knowing about potential side effects, we should mention the importance of having the answer to the following question of…
3. Do I know how to identify a serious reaction to a vaccine?
A low fever after getting a shot isn’t very worrisome, but a high fever or a fever that lasts for days should be cause for concern. Minor redness or swelling around the injection site is very normal, but bruising, the appearance of pus, or moderate pain can be the beginning signs of a bad reaction. It can be easy to identify anything out the ordinary as a sign of severe reaction, and worrying your doctor or your child won’t do any good. Before you start to panic or take them to a doctor, make sure that you know that you’re dealing with something serious.