Side-Effects of Vaccines -- Just How Bad Are They? Photo: Veer / The Bump
There’s so much conflicting info about vaccines out there, but a new report from the Institute of Medicine can help moms who choose to vaccinate rest easier. In the report, analysts studied more than 1,000 research articles on vaccinations and found no evidence that vaccines cause serious conditions like Autism and Type 1 diabetes -- this is something we’ve heard before, from other studies, but there are still parents out there that worry, about Autism especially. Hopefully, this further evidence will help ease their minds.
The report did find some side effects of vaccines though. Non-serious ones included temporary joint pain, allergic reactions, fainting and shoulder inflammation. Scarier ones included fever-triggered seizures and brain inflammation with the MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine; and brain swelling, pneumonia, hepatitis, shingles and chicken pox with the varicella vaccine. But the researchers say those severe side-effects are rare, and most of them only occur in patients who have compromised immune systems. Worried about those? Talk to your doctor to see what your baby’s chance of having a severe reaction is, and she’ll give you the full scoop.
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