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Childhood Vaccine Precautions

Today, vaccines are regarded as very safe and very important to your child's health. If a child has any moderate or severe illness on the day a vaccine is scheduled, it should probably be delayed until the child feels better. However, your child should not skip a scheduled vaccine if he or she has a cold or minor illness.

Sometimes, minor side effects can occur with some vaccines, such as swelling or irritation at the injection site or a low-grade fever. Tylenol or ibuprofen given around the time of the vaccination can usually prevent this.

There have been some widely circulated reports that vaccines are somehow linked to autism. A recent, wide-ranging scientific investigation conducted by the Institute of Medicine concluded that there is no association between autism and vaccines. In fact, the original journal article previously linking autism and vaccines has been retracted.




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Reviewed by Daniel Brennan, MD on December 23, 2013

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