Posted by Elizabeth on September 15, 2003 at 11:06:26:
In Reply to: Meningitis vaccine posted by Nicole K on September 15, 2003 at 10:59:23:
: My son just turned a year and his doctor has asked if we want to get the meningits vaccine (Haemophilus b conjugate vaccine) for him as well as the Chickenpox vaccine. These are both optional and are not covered by our provincial Health Plan which is not an issue since my husband has a great drug plan with his employer.
: I am more concerned with any side effects that he may experience with the meninigitis vaccine as it is fairly new I think.
: Have any other parents had their babies vaccinated for Meningitis? If so, did your baby experience negative side effects and if not, why did you choose not to have your baby vaccinated?
Side effects are extremely rare and the benefits of the vaccine far outweigh the side effects. The most common side effect is fever and pain at the injection site but if you give your child Tylenol or Advil 20 minutes before the vaccine and continue to give it to him for a few days, he should be okay. Not being vaccinated can cause some serious consequences in the long run. I would have your child vaccinated for those.
Hope this helps.