Vaccination and health hazards

Safety of immunization

Many people are concerned that vaccination can be dangerous if a person has a cold or is ill with another disease in mild form. Ask your doctor if you have any questions or concerns about vaccination.

If a person is slightly ill and takes medication, this is not a restriction for vaccination. Vaccination in this case is completely safe. In fact, the reasons why a person can not go through immunization is not so much.

Vaccination and pregnancy

If a woman plans to become pregnant, the advisability of vaccination before pregnancy should be consulted with a doctor. If there is a need for vaccination against chickenpox, measles, mumps and rubella (CCP), in this case, vaccination must be completed at least 4 weeks before pregnancy.

The US Centers for Disease Prevention and Control recommends that vaccination be given during the influenza season by an inactivated influenza vaccine (“influenza vaccine”) to all women who plan to become pregnant or who are pregnant. Pregnant women can not be vaccinated against influenza with a nasal vaccine.

Pregnant women who need to be vaccinated against tetanus with a repeated dose can be vaccinated with a DM vaccine (tetanus, diphtheria). The American Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends women who were not previously vaccinated with DTP vaccine (tetanus, diphtheria, whooping cough), vaccination with a dose of DTP vaccine before or immediately after birth. Vaccination is carried out in order to protect the newborn from pertussis.

If a woman is pregnant, after the birth the child will be vaccinated according to the schedule of routine vaccination. If the family has other children, there is no need to speed up or postpone their vaccination.

What side effects can occur due to vaccination?

If side effects due to vaccination occur, in most cases they are insignificant: The doctor can explain in more detail what side effects may occur. Usually, the following side effects occur:

  • Redness, slight swelling, or pain at the injection site.
  • Slight temperature increase.
  • Drowsiness, loss of appetite and unusual behavior (eg, staggering).
  • Minor rash during 7-14 days after vaccination against varicella or after vaccination with measles, mumps, rubella vaccine.
  • Temporary pain in the joints after vaccination against measles, mumps, rubella.

Severe complications, such as a fever above 40 ° C or breathing problems, are extremely rare. If you or your child have an unusual reaction after the vaccination, you should see a doctor.

For a child, the risk of a disease is much higher than the risk of developing severe complications due to vaccination.

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