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Immunizations - When to Call a Doctor

Call 911 or other emergency services if you or your child develops any of the following symptoms:

Call your doctor if:

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If you have older kids who got all their vaccines when they were little, you might think they're protected against those diseases for life. But as they grow up, the effects of some childhood immunizations wane, so teens need boosters to stay safe. Children get other vaccines the first time between the ages of 11 and 16 because that’s when they work best. And if your kids haven’t yet gotten all of the recommended childhood vaccines, now is a great time to catch up.

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  • Redness and swelling at the site of the shot (injection) last longer than 48 hours.
  • Your child is 3 months of age or younger and has a fever of 100.4°F (38°C) or higher.
  • A fever lasts longer than 48 hours after receiving a shot.
  • Any unusual reaction occurs.

If a fever develops after an immunization and you need to find out if you should call your doctor, see:

Talk with your doctor about whether you need special immunizations because you:

  • Are in close contact with people who have an infectious disease.
  • Have planned international travel, especially to developing countries.
  • Live with or visit a pregnant woman or baby.
  • Live with someone who has an impaired immune system.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: April 01, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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