When to Call a Doctor
Call 911 or other emergency services if you or your child develops any of the following
allergic reaction, such as difficulty breathing,
wheezing, hives, hoarseness, paleness, weakness, a fast heart rate, or
- Behavior changes, such as passing out (losing consciousness), acting confused, being very sleepy or hard to wake up,
or not responding to being touched or talked to.
Call your doctor if:
- Redness and swelling at the site of the shot (injection) last
longer than 48 hours.
- Your child is 3 months of age or younger and has a fever of 100.4°F (38°C) or higher.
fever lasts longer than 48 hours after receiving a
- Any unusual reaction occurs.
If a fever develops after an immunization and you need to find out if you should
call your doctor, see:
Talk with your doctor about whether you need special
immunizations because you:
- Are in close contact with people who have an infectious
- Have planned international travel, especially to developing
- Live with or visit a pregnant woman or baby.
- Live with someone who has an
impaired immune system.
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
William Atkinson, MD, MPH - Public Health and Preventive Medicine
February 16, 2012
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