After the Shots


Sometimes children experience mild reactions from shots, such as pain at the injection site, a rash or a fever. These reactions are normal and will soon go away.

These tips will help you identify and minimize mild side effects:
-Read the Vaccine Information Sheet(s) your child’s doctor gave you to learn about side effects your child may experience.
-Use a cool, damp cloth to help reduce redness, soreness and/or swelling at in the place where the shot was given.
-Reduce fever with a cool sponge bath.
-Offer liquids more often. It is normal for some children to eat less during the 24 hours after getting vaccines.
-Ask your child’s doctor if you can give your child a non-aspirin pain reliever.
-Pay extra attention to your child for a few days. If you see something that concerns you, call your child’s doctor.

Content source: National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases

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