Vaccination helps protect your baby from contagious diseases and boost his immunity system. It is critical for parents to have their baby vaccinated on a scheduled basis.
NOTE: Don't postpone your child's immunisations just because you know he or she can catch up later. Each month a child goes without scheduled immunisation is a month that the child is not fully protected from vaccine-preventable diseases. Always check with your doctor on the necessary immunisations.Here are some conditions that you should monitor and inform your doctors before administering any vaccination for your baby:
- Is your child sick today? (More than a common cold, earache, etc.)
- Does your child have any severe (life-threatening) allergies?
- Has your child ever had a severe reaction after a vaccination?
- Does your child have a weakened immune system (because of diseases such as cancer or medications such as steroids)?
- Has your child received a transfusion or any other blood product recently?
- Has your child ever had convulsions or any kind of nervous system problem?
When children have fever, the vaccination should be postponed. If your child has an ordinary cold, but his temperature is normal, it is safe for the vaccine to be administered.
Vaccination in general is “harmless” and although some vaccine could trigger some side effects, it is relatively safe and the benefits clearly outweigh the risks.
Some symptoms related to vaccination are as follows (varies according to the type of vaccination administered):
- Fever or mild fever.
- Red area and swelling at the vaccinated spot.
- Skin reaction.
- Swollen salivary gland.
- Disturbed sleep.
Some vaccinations provide long-lasting protection for your children against unwanted diseases as follows: