Vaccination in pregnant and lactating mothers.
There is no contraindication for a pregnant woman ore a nursing mother to receive vaccination unless any specific contraindication has been discussed by their OB/GYN. The World Health Organization or WHO and the Centers for disease control or CDC have considered vaccines to be safe for pregnant and lactating mothers.
Vaccination during acute illness.
Anyone suffering from any acute or active illness should avoid getting any kind of vaccination.
If you are suffering from symptoms of fever, cough, flu, breathlessness, wheezing, vomiting and /or loose motion, consult your doctor before proceeding for vaccination.
Once you are symptom free, its safe for you to proceed with vaccination.
Chronic illness and vaccination
Those suffering from certain chronic illness such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart diseases, lung diseases, malignancy etc. are more prone to develop infection and related complications. Hence, such patients should be receiving vaccine to build up their immunity against common infections.
Do not proceed with any vaccination without consultation from a doctor.
If you have experienced an allergic reaction to any other vaccine previously, you must inform your doctor before proceeding with any other vaccine.
Patient who are immunosuppressed or taking immunosuppressants should be aware their bodies response to vaccine may vary and they might have a reduced antibody response.
After taking a vaccine there are some common side effects, which you may experience. Local effects include pain, swelling, redness and limitation of movement of the injected arm for some time. In addition, you may experience systemic side effects that may be transient or short lived and may include headache, light headedness, fatigue, mild fever, chills, and nausea.
Severe allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis is one of the most concerning side effects. Symptoms of anaphylaxis may include rash, severe itching all over the body, swelling of face, lips and throat which lead to difficulty in breathing and choking sensation, low blood pressure and in rare case altered level of consciousness. Anaphylaxis is a medical emergency and requires urgent medical attention.
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