What Are the Common Side Effects of Vaccines?

MBC_PRIMARY_MC21_1229Like any medication you give your child- even everyday drugstore products like Tylenol – vaccines can cause side effects. Health experts tell parents concerned about possible side effects that vaccinations give your child a lifetime of protection from potentially harmful or deadly diseases. The benefits greatly outweigh the risks.

Severe allergic reactions are very rare. Most commonly, the side effects are mild and only last a day or two. Your child may experience:

  • Soreness, swelling, or redness around the area of the shot
  • Fever
  • Mild rash
  • Muscle aches
  • Tiredness
  • Occasional loss of appetite or vomiting

Be sure to contact your primary care provider If you have any medical concerns after your child is vaccinated.  


Our Immunization Clinic offers free vaccines for newborns and children up to age 19. Please call 253-403-1767 today to make an appointment.