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Timing Pre-School Boosters

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GeorginaA Wed 03-Aug-05 12:43:48

Ds1 is due for pre-school boosters, but in an ideal world I'd like to time them so that:

a) any side effects/symptoms are out of the way before school but
b) any side effects/symptoms have missed his 2 week holiday club in the middle of august that he's really looking forward to.

I can't remember what the different common side effects and timings were any more. I vaguely remember a 1 week/2 week/3 week thing. Are the side effects just a "dose up with nurofen/calpol and they'll be fine" jobby or it will it really wreck his enjoyment of those days? Advice on timing it all?

We haven't actually had a reminder from the surgery, so I'm trying to be proactive and get it all done and over with before September!

Also, is it worth getting both kids done on the same day? Ds2 will be 15 months on the 11th so was planning on taking him for the MMR then (again, no reminder from the surgery yet) - is it better or worse to have the kids both feeling grotty on the same days do you think?! Or would I be better off staggering them?

anniebear Wed 03-Aug-05 12:52:52

My girls start beginning of Septemebr and we haven't had an appointment yet.

I was hoping that because its just a booster, that there might not be any side effects...wishful or hopeful thinking?!!!

GeorginaA Wed 03-Aug-05 12:55:02

Maybe - I don't know! (but bumping the thread shamelessly anyway in case someone does know!)

Gillian76 Wed 03-Aug-05 12:55:12

DD had hers done last Thursday. So far, no side effects apart from a little redness around one of the jabs. HV said any reaction was rare, as they'd already been exposed to the vaccines

cerys Wed 03-Aug-05 12:56:11

My DD1 had her pre-school boosters just before Christmas 2003 and I don't remember any side effects or problems. Gave her Calpol and some Cadburys Buttons!
IIRC I did take DD2 for her MMR around then (not sure if it was the same day) and all was fine - Calpol and Buttons and a big cuddle. If you can cope with 2 outraged children, I would go for having them both vaccinated on the same day, as it gets it out of the way.

motherinferior Wed 03-Aug-05 12:56:55

DD1 had hers done last week - slight bump, nothing else. Obviously, being DD1, she pointed out at every possible opportunity that she still had sore arms, in a manner positioned somewhere between the aggrieved and the melodramatic, but really she's absolutely fine.

GeorginaA Wed 03-Aug-05 12:59:08

Oh that's encouraging - I was sort of psyching myself up for 2 weeks/3 weeks later there being fever and/or rash etc. So it's much more plain sailing with the booster then?

GeorginaA Wed 03-Aug-05 13:05:33

Well I have thrown caution to the winds and booked them both in for the 15th

Local anasthetic cream, calpol and a small sweetshop's worth of chocolate the order of the day?

GeorginaA Wed 03-Aug-05 13:05:51

(and that's just for me )

motherinferior Wed 03-Aug-05 13:06:14

Not even calpol IME - DP talked me out of the cream for some reason but I'm going to use it next time.

GeorginaA Wed 03-Aug-05 13:07:38

Stupid question - do you put the cream on before you get in? Or wait until the nurse shows you exactly where they're going to jab 'em? Will it have time to work by then?

motherinferior Wed 03-Aug-05 13:08:10

That I don't know, on account of not using it. It's still in the pack.

GeorginaA Wed 03-Aug-05 13:08:53

LOL Sorry, yes it was a dumb question ;) Hoping someone else knows

GeorginaA Wed 03-Aug-05 13:09:49

(is it just one jab or several?)

motherinferior Wed 03-Aug-05 14:13:12

One in each arm.

PrettyCandles Wed 03-Aug-05 14:34:45

Ds had his MMR booster just over a week ago. No fuss, we did our yelling 'rhyme' and the jab was over before we finished the rhyme. I had built it up over the preceding days by promising him an ice-cream and a trip to the playground afterwards. Amazing how you can persuade them that something mundane that they could have almost any day can be special! Since then he has vomitted once, and is currently poorly with a temperature and sore throat. Nothing spectacular, other than the fact that this child is rarely ill.

He hasn't had the other boosters because they caused him reactions last time, so I want to split them up and do them over a period of weeks or months. I can only blame my own poor organisation that I didn't start earlier this summer. As it is, we may wait until the second half of term before doing the DiPTetPolio. I was more concerned about MMR, because there are cases of one or other of the illnesses in our area every year - I guess uptake must be a little low here.

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