Side effects from your child getting 12 month vaccinations?

Amanda - posted on 08/08/2011 ( 33 moms have responded )

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My sons 12 month check up is tomorrow.. he turned 1 on June 13th.. we had to reschedule his appointment for later on.. so it is tomorrow morning. I have heard horrible stories about when someones child had a bad reaction to the shots they received at that appointment.. I also have a son that is 3yrs old.. and we have had no problems.. I do believe getting the shots I am protecting my children in the ways I feel are best.. but when you hear the horror stories of children having seizures.. or any other health problems a couple days after the shots and before that the child was perfectly happy.. it makes any mother question their decisions. So I just need some reinforcement that I am doing the right thing.. Thanks Moms!

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Jodi - posted on 08/09/2011

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Julie, a friend's child is not evidence. Neither is the child of a friend of a friend, or the friend's cousin, or any individual situation. It is a single case with an unusual and rare reaction. As people here have stated, if you have a family history of reactions to vaccines, then there is reason for concern, but such reactions are not common and in fact, relatively rare..

There is absolutely no scientific evidence that any vaccine *causes* autism. None. There is nothing to back that statement, despite researchers having studied it for many years. You'd think, that in all that time, with all their studies, there would be a single study that showed some shred of evidence with a statistically significant probability that the MMR caused autism if it actually did. So......no, it doesn't cause autism.

Jodi - posted on 08/10/2011

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I'm always confused when people start saying "my kids is healthier than....". Vaccination has absolutely nothing to do with the general health of your child :\

Lisa - posted on 08/10/2011

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Get and read Dr. Sears Vaccine book. It is neither for against vaccines, it gives you an alternative schedule. He gives a full list of what is in each one and what the side effects can be.
My daughter is on a delayed scheduled. It is crazy to give a child so many things at once. When you do, you will never know if they have an allergic reaction what it is too. Do one shot at a time if you are worried.
Due to severe reactions as a child my mother never finished my vaccinations. I have been healthy than anyone I know and gotten my antibodies to chix pox by having them.
Make an informed decision, not one that is following the herd. That is what I did. I made the decision to be informed and not let anyone tell me what to do. My daughter is healthier than most kids I know and she will be up to date by the end of the year.
good luck. :0)

Julie - posted on 08/09/2011

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thank you Jodi! I am not preaching my thoughts to anyone for any reason, I just wanted to make people be more aware before they "do what they are told is right". We are a society run by government who tells us as a whole this is right. So quick, my experience...my ah ha moment of vaccines. My son has a very rare syndrome, he has many medical conditions and up to and including 9 months, we got all our vaccines because I was told that was what you are supposed to do. My son was 12 months old getting his 1 year check up. He was only 14 lbs (small stature is common with condition), he was 3 weeks post having a heart defect repaired (which we were in the hospital for well over a week), and our doctor rattled off the 4 shots that is on the schedule, plus the flu shot, plus the cinergist shot. I said H@#L NO! and that's when I slowed things down with him...the doctor didn't care about what was going on with him, he just cared what was supposed to happen because he was 1. In addition, I do the flu shot every year because I want to protect my son. Last fall when my son turned 4 and he a whole 24 lbs, the health department wanted to give the dose for 3 to 12 yrs of age. I argued with them that I felt he should receive the younger aged dose. NO, that was it. I went to my doc, received an RX to receive 1/2 dose for his size. Again...government only looks at the big picture, not the little one.

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Jamie - posted on 02/26/2012

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I know this subject came up some time ago, ,but wondering if I could get some anwsers,, my daughter had her shots 7 days ago, 2 days ago, started a fever that reached almost 40 & diarrea, after a few hours of fever she had a seizure, they tell me its because of the Gastro? which I think is diarrea,,, last night her movement motitor went off & she wasnt breathing,, I said her name & shook her arm a little n she took a breath & was ok... I stayed with her & we are seeing the doctor again today... Just seems too close for comfort from the shots.. any ideas?

Vicki - posted on 08/11/2011

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We questioned whether to vaccinate or not due to all the scary things you read. After a lengthy discussion with our doctor who was very knowledgeable, we decided to go ahead with it. My son is 2 1/2 years old and we have never even had a fussy night with him after his vaccines. the biggest symptom we have experienced is that he is sleepier the next day. Not sure if you have seen the articles or not but the man who linked autism to vaccines admitted he fudged the numbers so his research was based on a bunch of made up numbers.

Kelley - posted on 08/10/2011

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I have 4 kids and have had them all get the shots at the normal times and have had to problems, the biggest issue is them being grumpy and a little off the first few days after getting them.

Crystal - posted on 08/09/2011

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Of course i feel that vaccines are the best thing for young children especially after seeing what those infections do to the kids that dont get the shots, but my baby did have a side effect to her 12 month shots when she got them. I tought that maybe the nurse had done something wrong. Her legs were swollen where she had gotten the shots for about 2 weeks. I didnt like that at all, but the doctor said that it was common in some children. I say , do what ever u feel is best for your child. with any medical procedure that you get there might or might not be side effects. I hope that all goes well for your little one.

Jodi - posted on 08/09/2011

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Julie, just for the record, I have no problem with adjustment of the vaccinations schedule or delayed vaccinations of certain things. Just want that out there. I guess I just get sick of hearing how it causes this that or the other.

Julie - posted on 08/09/2011

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I have a son with special needs as well, he is non-verbal as well and he also has a compromised imunne system, so I do take vaccines very seriously, but again, on my terms and slowly

Julie - posted on 08/09/2011

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I never said MMR caused autism, and yes there have been many studies with no links to autism...then why do we not know how it starts? Maybe it is a combination of enviromental issues that is causing it...say drinking tap water (which I and my kids do), microwaving leftovers in plastic, eating a peach that didn't get all the pestisides washed off and then getting a vaccine...has anyone studied that? Like I said before, my choice is to vaccinate on my terms, not what anyone else tells me to do. I refuse to risk my childrens well being to satisfy what the government has said is good and they are just spinning us in a deep whole of financial problems, etc. As far as my friends, and the people that I have met that believe with all their hearts that their problems, seizures, autism, etc. all started after they received a vaccine. Sorry, when it stares you right in the face...kinda hard not to believe it.

Sonya - posted on 08/09/2011

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Julie - my situation is a tad different than most because I am raising a severely disabled child (as a result of medical malpractice during his delivery), so I did get the chicken pox vaccine along with H1N1 and a pneumonia vaccine. But I do that for him because he has lower immunity and he is non verbal so he would never be able to tell me if he was in pain or itchy from the chicken pox.
I do agree with you that if you're worried, do the vaccines at different intervals. We've never had a history of reactions in our family, and I think the vaccine schedule is slightly different in Canada. :)

Julie - posted on 08/09/2011

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I agree, but the fact that the amount of vaccines you had as a child and the amount that our children are getting are doubled and almost tripled. I am not saying to "not" get vaccines, just slow down the schedule. My kids are getting vaccinated, just no more than 1 a month, and if they have even a low grade fever that doctor says is fine, I don't give them it, we wait another couple weeks. But come on, chicken pox vaccine...if you say what was good for you, well I had chicken pox with no vaccine and was fine...I refuse to vaccinate my child for something like that. The swine flu...no, they are not going to vaccinate my when they don't know the long term side affects. Too much too fast!

Julie - posted on 08/09/2011

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I agree, but the fact that the amount of vaccines you had as a child and the amount that our children are getting are doubled and almost tripled. I am not saying to "not" get vaccines, just slow down the schedule. My kids are getting vaccinated, just no more than 1 a month, and if they have even a low grade fever that doctor says is fine, I don't give them it, we wait another couple weeks. But come on, chicken pox vaccine...if you say what was good for you, well I had chicken pox with no vaccine and was fine...I refuse to vaccinate my child for something like that. The swine flu...no, they are not going to vaccinate my when they don't know the long term side affects. Too much too fast!

Sonya - posted on 08/09/2011

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I think there are possibilities of reactions to anything we eat or take as medications but that they wouldn't be out there if the majority of people had those reactions. I think it makes more sense to have the shots and risk the slim chance of side effect, instead of the possibility of getting the diseases that they are supposed to protect our children from.
I'm hearing more stories lately about the fact that measles and mumps are making a comeback because parents are choosing to not vaccinate and then the illnesses are causing issues with the children that get them.
I am a firm believer in "what was good for me as a child is good for my children too", because I turned out just fine. :)
Hope this helps a little bit.
You're a good mom for looking into things, but don't let the fear keep you from doing what is best for your child.

Julie - posted on 08/09/2011

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no evidence?...talk to my friend Kari, whose son has been having seizures right after his 2 month shots...he has been having hundreds of seizures daily ever since DTaP, talk to my friend Julie, whose son has autism, which after a fever after MMR was never the same again...I could go on and on. Goverment and doctors want the public to be vaccinated to protect the herd and the few that fall between the cracks...well the numbers aren't staggering so the few voices get drowned by the population.

Jodi - posted on 08/09/2011

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There is absolutely no evidence that any of the issues with "special needs" children are caused by vaccination. None.

Julie - posted on 08/09/2011

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BTW, I have a son with special needs and have a lot of friend in the special needs community, many issues the parents believe were caused by vax, not trying to scare you, but like I said, I spread them out, particularly the 12 month schedule is very large.

Julie - posted on 08/09/2011

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I am a worry wort myself, I will only do one shot at time, no more than 1 month apart, so if there is a reaction you will know to which vax and then not to repeat that vax again. I believe vax are good, but I think our reccommended schedule is messed up, ya you may end up paying more out of pocket with co-pays, but my childs safety is my responsibility...hope this helps!

Mom - posted on 08/09/2011

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I have 5 children and 13 grandchildren with #14 due today. I strongly encourage immunizations. The bad stories you hear about are very rare. The diseases you are protecting your child(ren) from are so much worse. I agree with the Tylenol or childrens version of something like that given just before you walk out the door at home. I also did that with all of mine and the grandkids. All are alive, healthy and honery as ever! Lol

Rachelle - posted on 08/09/2011

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My daughter is 7 and has had zero reactions to vaccinations. I give her a bit of Tylenol on the way in to help her relax and to ward off the slight temperature she may get. A few of her pediatricians (we're military so she's rarely had the same person) have recommended it.

Rachelle - posted on 08/09/2011

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My daughter is 7 and has had zero reactions to vaccinations. I give her a bit of Tylenol on the way in to help her relax and to ward off the slight temperature she may get. A few of her pediatricians (we're military so she's rarely had the same person) have recommended it.

Ashley - posted on 08/09/2011

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i never had an issue with my kids..only a slight fever. i tell everyone to get the shots when needed cuz if you dont and my child gets sick from something that was preventable but too young to get the shot, im gunna try my hardest to sue your ass lol.

Rachel - posted on 08/09/2011

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I think that those stories are more rare than common. Neither one of my children had bad reactions, but you are certainly within reasonable bounds to ask that only one, or no more than two shots be given at any one visit. Many people space the shots out by a week or so, but you do also run the risk of the child associating that office with just shots....

Kate CP - posted on 08/09/2011

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If you have no family history of reactions to vaccines and your other kids did okay after THEIR shots then the chances of your one year old having a reaction are pretty slim. Keep an eye on him, if he gets cranky and feverish make him comfy. Let him sleep, cuddle him if he needs it...you know, mom stuff. :)



He'll probably be fine. My daughter got a slight fever and was cranky for a day or two but was then fine. *hugs* He'll be okay, Momma.

Bernadine - posted on 08/09/2011

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I have a 3.5 year old and a 16 month old - both have had all of their shot - no problemo! You are doing the right thing, most side effects may be a slight fever or reddness at the injection site. I work at a health clinic where we give hundreds of vaccines per day and I have never seen any seizures etc... from immunizations.

Gina - posted on 08/08/2011

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as a first time mom when i heard all the horror stories i was terrified myself ..honestly EVERYTHING WILL BE OK just make sure you pick up some tylenol my son always gets a low temp i've noticed when he gets his immunizations sleeps the day off and he's back to his crazy self the next day :)

Tara - posted on 08/08/2011

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Neither of my girls had a problem with any of their shots and are fully up-to-date for their ages.

My doc suggested a little Tylenol right after the shots for any discomfort they might have. Both had a little bit of fever for about 24 hours after their shots, then were fine.

I think you are doing the right thing as you are protecting not only your children, but others as well - my sister was born with a number of birth defects (including holes in her heart) because my mother was exposed to, and caught, a "mild" case of german measles when she was pregnant - so I'm a HUGE pro-vaccine person as I have seen what exposure to some of these disease can do to people.

Katherine - posted on 08/08/2011

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I gave both of mine Tylenol and they had NO problems. You are doing the right thing. He's up to date so far right?

Jenni - posted on 08/08/2011

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It's for his MMR, right?

My SD got a slight fever (which is a common side effect)

My son had zero reaction

My daughter had a slight fever and was fairly grumpy after for a couple days. About 5-7 days after the first shot she developed spots but these are all normal reactions.



There has been cases of febrile seizures which are related to fevers. Not the vaccine itself. They sometimes occur if the body's temperature rises too quickly or in small children goes above 102 F. These can occur with any childhood illness.



My health practioner recommended I give my children, children tylenol or advil as a precaution for fevers. The two out of three of my children that did have a fever, it was only around 99F.. a very low-grade fever.

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