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DS 3 has an appointment for his MMR Booster can you tell me the side effects please?

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2anddone Thu 13-Aug-09 13:08:48

Hi my ds will be 4 in Sept and doesn't start school til 2010. I have made an appointment for his MMR booster at the end of August. I seem to remember from the first time round that side effects can take up to 3 weeks to come out. If this is the case week three after his booked MMR we will be in disney. Can someone please remind me what the side effects are, would it be worth rescheduling to avoid a possible reaction on holiday? When is the cut off date for having the booster because if it is starting school in theory I have ages although he does go to preschoo already if that makes a difference. FWIW he had no reaction what so ever with his frist MMR at 13 months. Would really appreciate your advice TIA

stuffitlllama Thu 13-Aug-09 13:17:41

There's no cut off date, it's entirely up to you. If you think he is going to be having a reaction when on holiday then delay it or bring it forward. It is entirely up to you.

As for the side effects, you can ask your doctor for the package insert of the vaccine and it will tell you exactly what the side effects are and when to expect them.

Actually if it's the Merck vaccine then this is what Merck tells you.

The following adverse reactions are listed in decreasing order of severity, without regard to causality,
within each body system category and have been reported during clinical trials, with use of the marketed
vaccine, or with use of monovalent or bivalent vaccine containing measles, mumps, or rubella:
Body as a Whole
Panniculitis; atypical measles; fever; syncope; headache; dizziness; malaise; irritability.
Cardiovascular System
Digestive System
Pancreatitis; diarrhea; vomiting; parotitis; nausea.
Endocrine System
Diabetes mellitus.
Hemic and Lymphatic System
Thrombocytopenia (see WARNINGS, Thrombocytopenia); purpura; regional lymphadenopathy;
Immune System
Anaphylaxis and anaphylactoid reactions have been reported as well as related phenomena such as
angioneurotic edema (including peripheral or facial edema) and bronchial spasm in individuals with or
without an allergic history.
Musculoskeletal System
Arthritis; arthralgia; myalgia.
Arthralgia and/or arthritis (usually transient and rarely chronic), and polyneuritis are features of
infection with wild-type rubella and vary in frequency and severity with age and sex, being greatest in
adult females and least in prepubertal children. This type of involvement as well as myalgia and
paresthesia, have also been reported following administration of MERUVAX II.
Chronic arthritis has been associated with wild-type rubella infection and has been related to
persistent virus and/or viral antigen isolated from body tissues. Only rarely have vaccine recipients
developed chronic joint symptoms.
Following vaccination in children, reactions in joints are uncommon and generally of brief duration. In
women, incidence rates for arthritis and arthralgia are generally higher than those seen in children
(children: 0-3%; women: 12-26%),17,52,53 and the reactions tend to be more marked and of longer
duration. Symptoms may persist for a matter of months or on rare occasions for years. In adolescent
girls, the reactions appear to be intermediate in incidence between those seen in children and in adult
women. Even in women older than 35 years, these reactions are generally well tolerated and rarely
interfere with normal activities.
Nervous System
Encephalitis; encephalopathy; measles inclusion body encephalitis (MIBE) (see
CONTRAINDICATIONS); subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE); Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS);
febrile convulsions; afebrile convulsions or seizures; ataxia; polyneuritis; polyneuropathy; ocular palsies;

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