From our friends at National Vaccine Info Center:
Under the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986, over $2 billion has been awarded to children and adults for whom the risks of vaccine injury were 100%. Vaccines are pharmaceutical products that carry risks, which can be greater for some than others. NVIC encourages you to become fully informed about the risks and complications of diseases and vaccines and speak with one or more trusted health care professionals before making a vaccination decision.
1.Am I or my child sick right now?
2.Have I or my child had a bad reaction to a vaccination before?
3.Do I or my child have a personal or family history of vaccine reactions, neurological disorders, severe allergies or immune system problems?
4.Do I know the disease and vaccine risks for myself or my child?
5.Do I have full information about the vaccine’s side effects?
6.Do I know how to identify and report a vaccine reaction?
7.Do I know I need to keep a written record, including the vaccine manufacturer’s name and lot number, for all vaccinations?
8.Do I know I have the right to make an informed choice?
If you answered yes to questions 1, 2, and 3, or no to questions 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 and do not understand the significance of your answer, you may want to review information on NVIC's website with links to other websites and resources so you can better answer these questions designed to educate consumers about the importance of making fully informed vaccine decisions. NVIC also publishes a free online NVIC Vaccine eNewsletter to keep you informed of the latest information about vaccines and infectious diseases.
If you choose to vaccinate, always keep a written record of exactly which shots/vaccines you or your child have received, including the manufacturer’s name and vaccine lot number. Write down and describe in detail any serious health problems that develop after vaccination and keep vaccination records in a file you can access easily.
It is important to be able to recognize an adverse reaction and seek appropriate medical attention, as well as make sure a vaccine adverse event report has been filed with federal health officials at the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), who monitor vaccines after they have been licensed. Information provided to VAERS, may also help identify high risk factors that make some individuals more vulnerable to suffering vaccine reactions.
If you or your child experiences any of the symptoms listed below in the hours, days or weeks following vaccination, it should be reported to VAERS. Some vaccine reaction symptoms include:
•Pronounced swelling, redness, heat or hardness at the site of the injection;
•Body rash or hives;
•High pitched screaming or persistent crying for hours;
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