Soothing Vaccine Side Effects

While some children experience no reaction from immunizations, some experience mild reactions, such as pain at the injection site, rash or fever. These are normal and will soon go away. These tips can help:

  • Review information your doctor gives you about the shots, especially information on possible side effects.
  • Use a cool, wet cloth to reduce redness, soreness and swelling at the injection site.
    Reduce any fever with a cool sponge bath. If your doctor approves, give a non-aspirin pain reliever.
  • Give your child lots of liquid. It’s normal for some kids to eat less during the 24 hours after getting vaccines.
  • Pay extra attention to your child for a few days. If you see something that concerns you, call your doctor.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention