The Great Vaccine Debate: Why Some Parents Just Say No
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Parents who are concerned about the potential dangers of vaccines, but decide to go ahead with them, can minimize the risk of adverse reactions by following these guidelines:
- First and foremost, never vaccinate a sick child.
- Delay vaccinations, if possible, until your child is at least six months old.
- Opt for single rather than combination shots.
- Spread out the vaccinations, allowing two months between each shot.
- If your child has an adverse reaction to a shot, wait one year to vaccinate again.
The NVIC urges parents to watch for these signs and symptoms of vaccine reactions:
- High fever (over 103° F)
- Skin reactions (hives, rashes, swelling)
- High-pitched screaming
- Excessive sleepiness
- Brain inflammation (loss of consciousness)
- Behavior changes
- Mental/physical regression
Vaccine reactions should be reported to VAERS by calling 1-800-822-7967, and to NVIC's Vaccine Reaction Registry at www.NVIC.org.
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