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