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A Parent's Guide to Kids' Vaccines

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Common side effects: Pain, redness, swelling at site of injection, fever, irritability and lethargy.

Tell your health care provider beforehand if: Your child is moderately or severely ill, or has ever had a life-threatening allergic reaction to a previous dose of Hib vaccine.

 

Hepatitis A Vaccine, Inactivated

What it's for: Protects (immunizes) against disease caused by Hepatitis A virus infection. Individuals infected with Hepatitis A may not have any symptoms; have a mild "flu-like" illness; or may have a severe illness including inflammation of the liver, resulting in jaundice (yellow skin or eyes), and even death. Hepatitis A can be transmitted by contaminated food or water, sharing contaminated utensils, and/or sexual contact with an infected person. Approved for persons 12 months of age and older.

Common side effects: Soreness at the injection site, fever, headache, loss of appetite, tiredness.

Tell your health care provider beforehand if: The individual has ever had a severe allergic reaction to a previous dose of the vaccine.

 

Hepatitis B Vaccine (Recombinant)

What it's for: Protects (immunizes) against infection with the Hepatitis B virus. Hepatitis B can lead to chronic hepatitis (liver inflammation), liver cancer, and death. Approved for immunization of individuals of all ages, especially those at increased risk of exposure to Hepatitis B virus. 

Common side effects: Soreness, redness, swelling at injection site, irritability, fever, diarrhea, fatigue/weakness, loss of appetite and headache.

Tell your health care provider beforehand if: The individual is moderately or severely ill or has ever had a life-threatening allergic reaction to baker's yeast used for making bread, or to a previous dose of the vaccine.

 

Human Papillomavirus Quadrivalent (Types 6, 11, 16 and 18) Vaccine, Recombinant

• What it's for: Prevents cervical, vaginal, and vulvar cancer caused by Human Papillomavirus (HPV) types 16 and 18, and genital warts caused by HPV types 6 and 11. Used to vaccinate girls and women ages 9 through 26 years of age.

Common side effects: Headache, fever, nausea, dizziness, syncope (fainting), injection site pain, swelling, redness, itchiness or bruising.

Tell your health care provider beforehand if: The individual has had an allergic reaction to baker’s yeast or another component of HPV vaccine, or to a previous dose of the vaccine.

 

Influenza Virus Vaccine, Inactivated

What it's for: Protects (immunizes) children as young as six months (depending on the specific age indications of the vaccine) and adults against the three influenza virus strains contained in the vaccine. Influenza is a contagious respiratory virus that can cause mild to severe illness. More than 200,000 individuals are hospitalized each year from flu-related complications, and approximately 36,000 deaths each year in the United States are from flu-related causes. The elderly, young children, and people with certain health conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease) are at high risk for serious flu complications. Complications from influenza include bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections, dehydration, and worsening of chronic medical conditions such as congestive heart failure, asthma or diabetes. The strains of influenza virus that cause disease in people frequently change, so yearly vaccination is needed to provide protection against the influenza viruses likely to be in circulation each winter. This is a killed (inactivated) virus vaccine, so you can't get influenza from this vaccine.

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