What reactions to look out for
Every vaccine has different reactions. At the appointment, your vaccinator will let you know what reactions to look out for. This will help you know what to expect.
For example, some tamariki or adults may develop a fever or a mild rash. This is an expected response after some vaccines, and usually does not last long. It does not mean your child is sick.
If you select the different vaccines listed on the National Immunisation Schedule you can learn about specific reactions associated with each vaccine.
How to treat common reactions in children
Some ways you can make your child more comfortable after their vaccination include the following.
- If their arm or leg is sore from the injection, put a wet cloth or ice pack (wrapped in a dry cloth) on it. Do not rub the injection site.
- If they have a fever, keep your child hydrated. Provide them with lots of water to drink. If breastfeeding, give your child lots of feeds.
- If your child gets too hot, reduce the amount of clothing they are wearing.
- Give your child lots of cuddles.
Give paracetamol or ibuprofen as advised by your doctor, nurse, or healthcare provider.
After access to clean water, immunisation is the most effective health intervention in the world for saving lives.
As well as reducing the risk of getting really sick, there are many other benefits to immunisation.
It’s normal to feel cautious, especially when you’re making a decision about the health of your tamariki, but the benefits to your child of getting vaccinated are much greater than the risks that come with getting the disease if they’re not.
All vaccines used in Aotearoa New Zealand have been tested for safety and effectiveness.