The immunizations we give today cause very few side effects. We may recommend giving your child acetaminophen prior to, or after, the immunizations to treat fever and/or pain.
There is a lot of negative publicity being disseminated regarding the safety of vaccines, for example, the MMR allegedly causing autism. We can state, unequivocally, there have NEVER been any scientific studies to prove this to be true. In fact, there have only been studies that have disproven such claims. We feel very strongly about immunizing all of our patients according to the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines. Should you have any apprehensions, please discuss these with your provider so that he/she may answer all of your concerns and allay your fears. There are very few instances in which we will exempt a child from these recommended vaccines, even if parents have strong preferences or ‘philosophical or religious objections.’
There are now some new combination vaccines which reduce the number of injections that your infant will receive. Ask your provider about these new vaccines.