For any parent, keeping their children healthy is of utmost importance. As a result, parents often bring children for regular check-ups with their pediatrician, which usually include vaccinations to prevent serious childhood illnesses. While most vaccinations produce no serious side effects, there are times when a routine vaccine can lead to extremely serious and potentially fatal injuries. Thus, it’s very important for parents to know not only what symptoms to look for after their child receives a vaccination, but also what to do should they notice problems developing.
Since many children have allergies to certain foods and other environmental factors, it’s important to discuss these with a child’s pediatrician prior to giving the child a vaccination for any disease or condition. Additionally, if a child has an underlying health condition, or has been ill prior to being scheduled for a vaccination, the parent should discuss this with their child’s doctor. By doing so, they will be able to learn if there is an increased risk of serious side effects occurring due to the vaccine.
Because the flu can be a potentially life-threatening illness in children, it’s extremely important they be vaccinated against it if at all possible. However, some children who receive the vaccine deal with a variety of side effects. The most common side effects associated with the flu vaccine for children include soreness, redness, or swelling at the injection site, muscle aches, nagging cough, fever, and headache. In cases where serious side effects occur, these can include diarrhea, vomiting, extreme fatigue, abdominal pain, and unusually high fever. If any of these side effects occur, seek medical attention immediately.
Chicken Pox Vaccine
A common ailment in children, chicken pox, can lead to a severe rash, high fever, and fatigue, and can take several weeks to run its course. As a result, all parents are urged to have their children receive the chicken pox vaccine. Although its considered a very safe and effective vaccine, some children do experience side effects, which can include a rash or redness at the injection site, soreness in the arm that was injected, mild fever, and joint pain or stiffness.
For children receiving the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine, common side effects may include those found with other vaccines, such as swelling at the injection site, mild rash, fever, and joint pain or stiffness. However, this vaccine may also lead to glands in the neck or cheeks swelling, which could cause complications in swallowing. If these symptoms are noticed, have the child receive medical attention immediately.
Fevers and Seizures
While there can be many serious side effects that can occur due to receiving certain vaccines, researchers have discovered some combinations of vaccines that can lead to life-threatening seizures. According to recent studies, young children who have received vaccines for influenza, diphtheria, and pneumococcal meningitis at the same time have a greater risk of developing seizures if one of their side effects from the vaccine is a fever. To prevent this from happening, it may be best to discuss your child’s vaccination options with a pediatrician.
Seek an Attorney’s Advice
Because it is becoming more and more common for children to suffer vaccine injuries, it’s important to seek the advice of an attorney who specializes in these types of cases. Since these cases can be very complex and new information is being unveiled regularly about vaccine injuries, hiring an experienced vaccine injury attorney can provide proper guidance and peace of mind during the legal process. If your child has been injured by a vaccine, contact a vaccine injury attorney at The Law Offices of Sadaka Associates for a free consultation.
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