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Do vaccine sensitivities run in families?

There’s very little evidence that a bad reaction to a particular vaccine in one child will lead to a bad reaction in another. Likewise, if you or your partner had a negative response to a vaccine, there’s no guarantee that your child will. In fact, vaccines have changed a lot over the decades, and there’s a good chance that your child won’t get the same vaccine you did as a child. True allergy to vaccines is very rare – for the most part, a negative response will be irritating more than life threatening.

However, while it’s safe to say that just because you are allergic, that doesn’t necessarily mean your child will be, it’s also safe to say that if you’re not, your child may still be. It’s therefore important that you monitor your child closely after each vaccination, whether you have a history of allergy or reaction or not. If your child shows any unusual signs, such as fever or difficulty breathing, seek immediate medical advice!

The benefits of vaccination far outweigh the risks, and the very low number of children who do react badly to vaccines don’t warrant denying your child the protection they offer.

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