Childhood vaccines are the most important prevention tool against many serious or potentially fatal viruses and bacterial infections, including polio, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, measles, mumps, rubella, haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib), and chicken pox. Many health organizations including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), and Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) are in agreement about recommended childhood vaccinations.
In the vast majority of cases, vaccines are considered safe with only minor side effects. But as with any medication, vaccines may potentially cause serious problems, including severe allergic reactions. Although this differs to some degree depending on the type of vaccine, mild side effects include fever, redness, swelling, soreness, or tenderness at the site of the shot, minor rash, tiredness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, stomach upset, chills, sore joints, body aches, and fussiness (in babies). If you have any concerns regarding immunizations for your child, contact Health City Cayman Islands and one of our dedicated healthcare personnel will be happy to answer your questions.
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