- Swelling and/or tenderness at the injection site
More severe reactions, including severe allergic reaction and seizures, are possible, but rare and occur in fewer than one of one million doses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The CDC offers this timeline for getting your children immunized:
- The Hepatitis B vaccine should be administered to all newborns before being discharged from the hospital. After the first dose, a second vaccine should be given at one or two months of age.
- The first dose of the Rotavirus vaccine should be given between the ages of 6 weeks and 14 weeks. The vaccine series should not be initiated if your child has reached 15 weeks and, according to the CDC, the maximum age for the final dose is eight months.
- The Diphtheria and Tetanus Toxoids and Acellular Pertussis (DTaP) vaccine shouldn't be given before the age of 6 weeks. The final dose to complete the series should be given between the ages of 4 and 6 years.
- There are two types of Pneumococcal vaccine. The minimum age for the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PVC) is six weeks; this type is recommended for all children under the age of 5.
- The Polio vaccine shouldn't be administered before the age of 6 weeks. The final dose to complete the series should be given at age 4 and at least 6 months following the previous dose.
- The Influenza vaccine should be given at six months of age or older, and should be administered annually to age 18.
- Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccinations shouldn't be administered before a child's first birthday. The second dose should be given routinely between the ages of 4 and 6 years.
- The Varicella vaccine shouldn't be administered before a child's first birthday. The second dose should be given routinely between the ages of 4 and 6 years.
- The Hepatitis A vaccine shouldn't be administered before age 12 months, but is highly recommended for all 1-year-olds. Older children can receive this vaccine if they live in an area that has a high risk of infection.
- The Meningococcal vaccine shouldn't be given before age 2.
It is common for parents and caregivers to have questions about what is best for their children when it comes to vaccines. To learn more, talk to your pediatrician or visit www.cdc.gov/vaccines. If you don't have a pediatrician, you can find one by visiting www.oconeeregional.com and clicking on the “Physician” tab.
This article is provided courtesy of Oconee Regional Medical Center.