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Is It Safe to Get Vaccinations During Pregnancy?

What Side Effects Can I Expect After a Vaccination?

Side effects may occur up to three weeks after vaccination. If you experience any severe side effects, be sure to tell your doctor.

  • Hepatitis A: Soreness and redness at injection site, headache, fatigue, severe allergic reaction in very rare cases
  • Hepatitis B: Soreness at injection site, fever
  • Influenza: Redness and swelling at injection site that can last up to two days, fever
  • Tetanus/Diphtheria: Low-grade fever, soreness and swelling at injection site
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR): Non-contagious rash, swelling of neck glands and cheeks, pain and stiffness of joints one to two weeks after vaccination
  • Varicella: Fever, soreness or redness at injection site, rash or small bumps up to three weeks after vaccination
  • Pneumococcal: Fever, soreness at injection site
  • Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV): None
  • Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV): Redness, discomfort at injection site
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Reviewed by Trina Pagano, MD on June 17, 2012

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