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Vaccinations – Common Side Effects and How to Deal With Them
As we all know, vaccines are administered to children and adults to provide protection from various vaccine-preventable diseases like measles, mumps, rubella, etc. There are vaccines under the national immunization programme, and also there are optional ones like the influenza or flu vaccine, which has to be administered every year. Along with the benefits, vaccines have some mild side effects also. Here are some tips for dealing with them.
- When you have an appointment for your baby’s vaccine, you should always carry the vaccination card so that a proper record of the type of vaccine administered and the date is maintained.
- Keep an ice pack with you and apply it (cold fomentation) at the injection site soon after the dose is administered. This will prevent/reduce pain and swelling at the injection site.
- Carry paracetamol drops/syrup with you to the hospital and give it to your baby after vaccination at the hospital itself. This will prevent fever development after the vaccine and will also reduce pain.
- Feed the baby properly before going for vaccination as babies might get a fever, feel tired or get cranky after the vaccine and will not feed/eat properly when they return home.
Precautions for Covid Vaccine for Adults:
The covid vaccine will be available for all of us soon. Pain at the injection site, body ache, fever with chills and shivering, headache, dizziness and malaise are common known side effects. To avoid these, take proper rest after the vaccine, eat well and drink plenty of fluids the whole day, apply an ice pack at the injection site and take paracetamol after the vaccine. Inform the vaccinator if you previously had covid or have administered Plasma or presently having fever or cough. These are only minor side effects, and the Indian vaccines are absolutely safe for all of us.
I hope you all will find these tips useful. Take care.