Side Effects Of Childhood Immunizations

By | 08/01/2016

 Will the vaccinations hurt my baby?

My eldest child never even cried when he had his first shot while my second  child did.  Every child baby immunizations side effectsis different.  Some mothers have told me their baby slept through the needle undisturbed.

Some babies have a slight reaction to the serums used to vaccinate them and this may be redness around the injection site, a little tenderness and  possibly run a slight temperature.  More serious side effects are rare.

You should ask your doctor about managing baby’s temperature when he is given the shot.  He will probably recommend something like children’s Panadol and possibly a tepid sponge.

Vaccination has practically eliminated most diseases so does my baby need the shots

Yes your baby does need these shots.  Immunization has been very effective and for this reason some parents are deciding the risk is no longer there.   This is a false and dangerous belief and has led to the resurgence of some diseases.  Immunization is still as important as it ever was.

Pertussis (Whooping Cough) is once again becoming a problem.  This is a highly contagious disease caused by bacterial infection that can be life threatening.  If you would like to read a more in depth report about this disease please click here

The immunization for Pertussis is contained it the DTaP injection which also protects them from Diphtheria and Tetanus.  Both these illnesses can be fatal.

Immunization protects your baby against Measles, Mumps and Chicken Pox.   All of which can have mild to very serious side effects.

Measles complications

  1. Dehydration can result for vomiting and diarrhea
  2. Middle eat infection which causes earache
  3. Conjunctivitis which is an eye infection
  4. Laryngitis – inflammation of the voice box
  5. Infections of the airways including bronchitis, pneumonia and croup
  6. Fits caused by high fevers.  These are called febrile seizures
  7. Less common side effects can include hepatitis, meningitis and encephalitis.
  8.  If the virus affects the nerves and muscles of the eyes it can cause misalignment of the eyes

Mumps complication

  1. deafness
  2.  inflammation of the brain (encephalitis)
  3. inflammation of the covering of the brain and spinal chord (meningitis)

After puberty mumps can cause

  1. inflammation of the ovaries or breast or both
  2. inflammation of the testicles


New born infants  are at  risk from this disease but those who are at the greatest risk are adults. side effects of chickenpox

Side effects include:

  1. Itching which can lead to Bacterial infections of the skin, soft tissues, bones, joints or bloodstream (sepsis)
  2. Scarring
  3. Ear infection
  4. Pneumonia
  5. Toxic shock syndrome
  6. Reye’s Syndrome. a life-threatening metabolic disorder in young children, of uncertain cause but sometimes precipitated by aspirin and involving encephalitis and liver failure.
  7. Infections of the brain, encephalitis , meningitis and infections in the central nervous system

For more information on the side effects of chickenpox Click Here


What about Autism

The belief that Autism was related to childhood immunization has been studied and proved to be false.

If you would like to read more about this you will find information at the CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website or Click Here

In summary

The risk to your baby’s life by not getting the immunization coupled with the extreme discomfort these illnesses cause even in their mildest form is simply not worth it.  All these illnesses can cause death or a life long disability.

Immunization has practically stamped out disease like polio and Tuberculosis and your child will look forward to living a long healthy life because of it.  Don’t let these diseases make a come back by not vaccinating your child.

If you research the subject and read the studies done by experts you will find most of the things that people have been blaming on the vaccinations have been absolutely disproved.

I would really like to hear your thoughts on this growing trend among parents to not immunize their children.

Nanna Knows what you need in your tookit


12 thoughts on “Side Effects Of Childhood Immunizations

  1. Tyler Redlev

    There is a new world now, and vaccinization has provided us great benefits in result of which we obtained the abcentness of major life threatening diseases.

    But some people still don’t want to understand the importance of it. They just get caught into the hype of some propaganda which dictates that vaccines are effecting humanity badly and playing with our genetics.

    People need to get educated now. Good post! Keep up the good work!

    1. admin

      Hi Tyler,

      You are absolutely right and I wish more people would realize this. It is too late when their baby becomes critically ill. People should do the same research I did when I was writing the article and that is why I put all the links in for them to follow and read the articles.

      I have nursed children with Whooping Cough and it is just awful. My husband’s oldest brother died with diphtheria when he was about 5 years old and I lost a friend to Tetanus when I was a a teenager . These illnesses have been almost eliminated in most countries and I would hate for any parent to go through losing a child to a disease that could so easily have been prevented.

      Best wishes and thanks for leaving you comment.


  2. Luke

    Hi Margaret,
    I agree 100% we’ve always made sure my daughter had her shots on time and she’s never had any ill effects.
    I was unlucky enough to get adult chickenpox when I was 24 and it made me so sick I was out of commission for 2 weeks! Still got the odd scar from it now….
    Thanks for your wise words and useful information.
    – Luke

    1. admin

      Hi Luke,

      I really wish all parents were like you but they read things about immunization causing Autism which has been disproved over and over, and they just believe it and don’t do the research.

      Adult Chickenpox is pretty nasty and I’m glad you got away with just a few scars.

      Best wishes to you and you family.


  3. saif

    Yes I believe that having vaccination is extremely important. It is highly recommended to take it when your still a baby. Fortunately my mom is a nurse, and I know so much about it. It is important for our health, so we would not experienced having Measles, chicken pox or tetanus. Having Vaccination is also a must in some occupation involving in the hospital such as nurses, doctors, physical therapist or medical technologist

    1. Margaret Kennedy Post author

      Hi Saif,
      It is gratifying to get comments like yours. There are too many people not immunizing their children and this is far more dangerous than any side effects from immunization.
      Thank you for taking the time to write to me.

  4. Emily

    hi Margaret!
    Thank you so much for getting the truth out there and showing the real benefits of immunizations. Or rather the dangers of not given them to children. As a former school psychologist I grew tired of hearing from parents about how vaccines caused autism. And even from school professionals. As you stated, it has proven to be untrue and this false information could have led to numerous kids not getting their immunizations for fear they would “get” autism. The risks of not getting them are much higher and severe as you said. So thank you for bringing the truth to light.

    1. Margaret Kennedy Post author

      Hi Emily,
      Thank you for leaving a comment for me. I just wish people would do the research before repeating this nonsense. I believe the age that children are usually diagnosed with autism is the same age they receive their immunization. That seems to be where the belief it causes autism came from.
      My best wishes to you

  5. rosdee

    Hi Margaret,
    Good article on the baby vaccination.
    Thank god, my boy never had any complications after vaccination.
    Hes now growing strong, active, quite an appetite he had. 🙂

    thanks for the information.

    1. Margaret Kennedy Post author

      Hi Rosdee,
      Both my babies had a temperature and were unwell for a few hours after the immunization and they were not nearly as uncomfortable of distressed as they would have been with any of those disease.
      I am really pleased you have had you boys shots and I my very best wishes you out to you and your family

  6. Liz

    For a while I got caught up in all the hype that we don’t need to vaccinate and read some very convincing arguments against vaccination. When I had my first child I really agonized as to whether I was going to get her vaccinated, and I cried while I was getting her vaccinated not only because I saw her in pain for the first time, but also because I was so unsure I was doing the right thing by her. She is fully vaccinated now and is perfectly fine. To be honest, I still don’t know if I have done the right thing despite all the evidence because there are definitely dodgy things that go on within big pharma companies and how is the lay person really supposed to know any better? However, I figured that seeing I was fully vaccinated and fine as well as my partner and he is fine; our daughter was probably going to be fine too. So I went with that in the end.

    1. Margaret Kennedy Post author

      Hi Liz,

      Every mum hates to see their baby being hurt even a little bit but if you think about the hurt you could be setting your baby up for if you don’t immunize it does put things into perspective.

      Without immunization your child is at risk of Whooping Cough, Diphtheria, Tetanus, Measles, Mumps, Rubella and Polio. All of these illnesses have the potential to be fatal. Imagine how you would feel if your baby got Diphtheria. They would be rushed to hospital gasping to breath. The chances are they would have to have a Tracheotomy. This means putting a hole in baby’s neck to insert a tube into his windpipe for him to breath through. Imagine how painful this would be for you to watch and your baby to endure, especially if nothing succeeded and you lost your baby.

      The discomfort of a tiny prick prick with a needle and perhaps a little temperature is nothing compared with the pain and suffering your child could experience if you decided not to immunize and he developed any one of the above illenesses. They all have the potential to be life threatening. .

      I hope this puts things into perspective for you and if you have doubts then ask your doctor for the facts about the illnesses you are preventing with the immunization.

      Thank you for sharing your feelings about your child’s immunization.



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