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what can i do to help prevent my child from getting an infection after an immunization?

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Dr. Craig Collison
Specializes in Pediatrics
Keep the area clean!: Make sure the area of the immunization is clean and keep it clean for a few days following the immunizations. The risk of a skin infection following immunization is very unlikely if kept clean.
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Bandaid!: The only real way to get an infection from an immunization is to get dirt into the puncture. The fevers they sometimes get after immunizations are not from infections (except from live vaccines, but then you do want them to get that mild infection and develop antibodies).
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Clean: Keep the site of injection clean.Otherwise the vaccines do not give the infection to healthy kids.

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