In his book, Doctor Sears has a list of common reactions that can occur with virtually every vaccine. He calls them "standard side effects" because they tend to occur about 5 to 10 percent of the time for most shots. Some of the vaccines cause these reactions as much as 40 percent of the time. I have decided to list them out for you, just in case you were curious as to what they were.
According to Doctor Sears, the side effects are usually harmless in the long run and the short run. The include, but are not limited to:
- Pain, redness and swelling at the injection site
- Poor appetite
- Body aches
- Pea-sized nodule at injection site lasting for several weeks
- Rash over the whole body or limited to one area
From what Doctor Sears says, these side effects can usually be minimized by holding a cool washcloth or ice pack to the injection site and giving ibuprofen.
That's all I have for you today. I hope everyone has a great weekend! And don't forget to come back next week for a post on the rotavirus disease and vaccine. :)