World Immunisation Week: 8 things to remember during your child's vaccination

You remember your child's vaccination schedule. But are you aware of these important things?

April 21 -28 is celebrated as World Immunisation Week

When it comes to your child's health and its vaccination schedule you are often extra careful to not miss out on any vaccines. As a new-age mom, you also keep yourself updated on the types of vaccines, the ones recommended by the Government and the other optional ones.

But do you know about these things that you should bear in mind while taking your child for his/her vaccination:

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1. Discuss the vaccine with the doctor first and understand the problems ( if any) associated with it.

2. Tell the doctor if your child:

  • has fever or cold
  • has allergies
  • has issues with previous immunisations
  • is on steroid treatment or other drugs affecting the immune system (for cancer or kidney transplants)
  • has a history of fits or convulsions
  • has intolerance to eggs; in such a case, your doctor may suggest your baby has his MMR vaccination in a hospital
  • has family members with HIV/AIDS or other immune system diseases.

3. Take the child's favourite toy or doll along so that he/she can hold on to it for emotional support after the shot.

4. Kids older than two years of age might throw tantrums at the doctor's. It is advisable to let the child know about the vaccine a little prior to the visit. Straight forward talk about the shot is best. Tell your child why he/she is getting it and that all kids of his/her age get it.

5. Stay at the clinic for 15 minutes after the vaccine is given, just in case your child reacts to it.

6. The child may be a little low after the injection and may be irritable. Avoid making any big plans after the appointment. Let the child rest at home.

7. There might be some swelling and redness at the site of the injection. Don't worry about it. Do not apply any medicine to the area. Here are 8 ways to ease your baby's post-vaccination pain.

8. The child may have slight fever after vaccination. However, if the temperature is very high or if the child has convulsions (or fits), call your doctor immediately.

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