In honor of National Infant Immunization Week (April 22-29), we’ve rounded up the answers to your vaccination FAQs.
When should vaccinations be given?
Aside from a hep B shot that might be given at birth, your little one’s first round of immunizations will take place at his 8-week well-check. For a full list of recommended vaccines and ages, visit cdc.gov/vaccines.
Are all of these immunizations safe?
Talk to your pediatrician about any specific concerns you may have, but know that, yes, the standard regimen of vaccines is considered safe. Complications resulting from them are incredibly rare. Furthermore, no link has been found between vaccinations and developmental disabilities, including autism.
How can I comfort my baby during shots?
Remember that the diseases you’re protecting your child from are far more dangerous than the momentary sting of a shot. Help soothe your babe by holding him or breastfeeding him just before the injection.
What side effects should I expect?
Most babies will be fussier than usual. Their legs will likely be sore at the site of injection, and they might run a slight fever that is no more than 101 degrees Fahrenheit. It is highly unlikely that you’ll see a more severe reaction, but you’ll want to call the doctor right away if baby runs a high fever, cries inconsolably for hours, seems listless, has trouble breathing or shows symptoms of an allergic reaction, such as a rash or swelling.