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My baby had a bad reaction to his hib vaccination; should we skip the next one?

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Dr. Patricia Vuguin
Pediatrics 33 years experience
No: You call discuss with you pediatrician the kind of reaction that you baby had and decide based on her response if the reaction was related to the vaccination.
Dr. Janesta Noland
Specializes in Pediatrics
Yes: This is very important to discuss with your pediatrician. Hib is a now somewhat uncommon but extremely dangerous bacteria that used to be the most common cause of infections like meningitis. Becayuse of how dangerous Hib is, it is a very important vaccine. The reaction must be discussed with your dr to decide whether giving the next dose is safe, and what you can do to minimize reaction.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Maybe: Exactly what bad reaction? In our eyes as a parent a fever or severe site soreness can be a " bad " reaction. But these , in fact, are not truly dangerous and do not justify withholding the next shot. Trouble breathing, uncontrollable screaming for hours, hives, justify discussion with your pediatrician. These reactions are very, very rare.

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