3. Now that most of the old diseases are under control, don’t I put my child at unnecessary risk by vaccinating him/her?

  • Thanks to vaccines, most young parents have never seen the devastating effects of diseases like polio, measles, or whooping cough (pertussis) and the harm that they can do to a child, family, or community. So, it’s easy to think these diseases are old or under control, but they still exist. Vaccines are the only practical way to prevent them.
  • Vaccines have been extensively tested by scientists and doctors and are extremely safe.
  • Some children get a slight fever or maybe redness or swelling where the needle goes in, but that is normal. Those mild side effects go away by themselves. Giving a lukewarm bath or paracetamol can help reduce fever.
  • Very rarely, a child can experience something more serious. If this happens, the child should be checked by a health care provider as soon as possible to resolve the problem and report it. Reports get investigated to determine if the vaccine might have caused the problem. Usually there is another cause, and the vaccination around the same time was just a coincidence.

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