Like all medications there can be some reactions to vaccines. The most common reactions are:
- Pain, redness and swelling at the injection site for 1-2 days and possibly a hard lump at the injection site for a few weeks.
- Mild fever that doesn’t last long.
- Generally unsettled, crying or sleepy
What can I do at home?
- Offer more breastfeeds or give extra water (if not breastfeeding).
- Paracetamol for pain or fever.
- Wash hands after changing nappy.
- If the child has a fever, dress them in light clothing.
Get medical help if:
- Paracetamol doesn’t help pain or fever
- Reactions are not going away
- Reactions are getting worse
Adverse Events Following Immunisation (AEFI)
If you think your child may have experienced an adverse event or side effects other than those commonly experienced after immunisation, please complete the Immunisation Adverse Event Reporting Form or call the Immunisation Unit on 02 5124 9800 to discuss reporting. If you would prefer to print out a form to fax or email to us, please click here.