Young Childhood Immunizations
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 In fact, the original study linking the two has been retracted.