Child Vaccines: Are They Safe?
Vaccines are known to be a very safe and effective way of keeping children healthy and reducing their chance for diseases. Common reactions to vaccines are minor, including redness and swelling where the shot was given, fever and rash. Although in rare cases immunizations can trigger seizures or severe allergic reactions, the risk of this is much lower than that of catching the disease if a child is not immunized. While a recent study has detected a slightly higher risk of seizures after receiving diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough (DTP), or measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), there do not appear to be any long-term harmful effects.
It is important to mention that the form of DTP vaccine received during this study is no longer used in the United States. It has been replaced by DTaP, which has fewer side effects than DTP. For further information or remaining questions about immunizing your child, please contact your personal care physician. Ensuring that your children are properly immunized is one of the best ways of keeping them healthy and happy.