How do vaccines work?
When your child receives an immunization, they are actually receiving a small dose of a dead or weak disease germ. Your child's body senses these invaders and creates antibodies - which destroy the small dose of disease. These antibodies stay in your child's body - and will be ready to provide a defense if your child is exposed to the "real" disease. This protection is called immunity. Vaccines help your child develop immunity before they are exposed to a strong form of the disease.
What diseases are being preventing by getting my child vaccinated?
By getting your child vaccinated, you are protecting them from these illnesses:
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Tetanus (lock-jaw)
- Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
- Influenze (the Flu)
What side effects can I expect to see when I immunize my child?
Depending on which vaccine your child receives, you can expect some mild discomfort, low-grade (slight) fever, rash, and soreness around the site of injection. Your heath care provider can inform you on vaccine specific side effects. If your child experiences a severe reaction, please contact your health care provider immediately. They may want to file a Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) form. You can contact them by calling their toll-free number: 1-800-822-7967. Or you can visit their website at : www.vaers.org