Side effects to vaccines that are provided in the school program are commonly mild and usually involve pain, swelling and redness at the injection site. Serious side-effects are extremely rare.
 
If a reaction does occur:
 
  • put a cold damp cloth on the injection site to relieve tenderness
  • take paracetamol for pain
  • drink extra fluids
 
If parents are concerned about a reaction they should contact their local doctor or Public Health Unit on 1300 066 055 for advice.​ 
Page Updated: Wednesday 7 September 2016
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