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What are childhood immunisations?
Childhood immunisations are a series of vaccines that are given to infants and young children.
Why are childhood immunisations necessary?
The immediate benefit of childhood immunisation is protecting your child from illness. Although most childhood illnesses are relatively light, complications, including death, can happen. In a wider perspective, childhood immunisations protect …
What diseases does childhood immunisations protect against?
Vaccines commonly included in childhood immunisation programs are: hepatitis B vaccine; polio vaccine; DTP vaccine – diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough); Haemophilus influenza B (Hib) vaccine; MMR vaccine – measles, …
What can prevent my child from being immunised?
Your child may not be able to receive an immunisation if they have a specific allergy to particular vaccine components (eggs or egg protein; gelatine) or to previous vaccines, if they are currently ill with fever, has congenital immune …
Are childhood immunisations safe?
Childhood immunisations are among the safest medical interventions. Serious side effects are very rare.
Will childhood immunisation overload my child's immune system?
Childhood immunisation does not overload a child's immune system. By simply being in the world, young children are constantly coming into contact with a large number of substances and micro-organisms, which their immune system …
Will childhood immunisation make my child autistic?
No. Any links between childhood immunisations and autism have been disproved.
What side effects can childhood immunisation have on my child?
Common adverse reactions to vaccines include soreness at the injection site, mild fever and discomfort. In very rare cases, a child will exhibit a serious allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) to a vaccine. In such cases, immediate …
About this article
Author: Dr Idan Ben-Barak PhD, MSc, BSc (Med)
First answered: 18 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 14 May 2019
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