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- Vaccine Reactions

Last Updated: 9/24/2011

Most vaccine reactions are usually mild.  However, you do not know if you are going to be the person that has the mild reaction or if you are going to be the one with the severe reaction.  Certain things would make you more prone to a serious reaction, and the problem with infants and young children is that it is virtually impossible to know if the child has many of those risk factors, ie:  egg allergy, peanut allergy, allergies to other components in the particular vaccines.  The following is the CDC statement on the risks for the DTaP vaccine:

  Mild Problems (Common)

         Fever (up to about 1 child in 4)

         Redness or swelling where the shot was given (up to about 1 child in 4)

         Soreness or tenderness where the shot was given (up to about 1 child in 4)

These problems occur more often after the 4th and 5th doses of the DTaP series than after earlier doses.

Sometimes the 4th or 5th dose of DTaP vaccine is followed by swelling of the entire arm or leg in which the shot was given, for 1 to 7 days (up to about 1 child in 30).

Other mild problems include:

         Fussiness (up to about 1 child in 3)

         Tiredness or poor appetite (up to about 1 child in 10)

         Vomiting (up to about 1 child in 50)

These problems generally occur 1 to 3 days after the shot.

Moderate Problems (Uncommon)

         Seizure (jerking or staring) (about 1 child out of 14,000)

         Non-stop crying, for 3 hours or more (up to about 1 child out of 1,000)

         High fever, 105 degrees Fahrenheit or higher (about 1 child out of 16,000)

These are the more severe reactions/risks of the DTaP vaccine listed by the CDC:

Severe Problems (Very Rare)
Serious allergic reaction (less than 1 out of a million doses) Several other severe problems have been reported after DTaP vaccine. These include:

         Long-term seizures, coma, or lowered consciousness

         Permanent brain damage.

         Death (not listed on the brochure, but implied by all of the litigation/VIPC)


Other serious reactions from various vaccines:

         Anaphylaxis or anaphylactic shock

         Brachial neuritis


         Chronic arthritis

         Thrombocytopenic purpura

         Vaccine-Strain Measles

         Paralytic polio

         Vaccine-Strain polio viral infection





         Autoimmune issues




         Lou Gehrigís disease

The handout says that these are less than 1 out of a million, but it is believed to be much more than that by many including physicians/parents.  Autism is not listed on this particular brochure either, but it is also believed to be attributed to various vaccines, especially those still containing thimerisol.


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