Your child has been crying nonstop and running a temperature through the night. You try desperately to pacify her and wonder what could be wrong. Oh yes! Realization dawns on you. She was given a dose of the DPT vaccine the previous day. But isn’t a vaccine supposed to keep the baby healthy, you wonder. Why is she ill?
Obviously your doctor has forgotten to tell you about the side effects of the DPT vaccine – a deed that amounts to callousness. But, this is not a stray incident; a lot of doctors in the U.S. have also been accused of holding back information from parents.
According to a recent article published in the journal Pediatrics, a large number of physicians in the U.S. do not provide vaccine information statements to parents as precribed by law.
So, when you go for your child’s next round of vaccination,
Ask your doctor about the whys and hows of the medicine.
How is it beneficial for your child; what disease does it prevent.
What are its side effects, when they are likely to occur and how they should be treated. Also find out what symptoms should prompt you to contact him again.
Make sure your child does not have a condition that would make her ineligible for a particular vaccine.