So today my husband took my son for his pre-school vaccinations. The appointment has been rescheduled by the practice three times and today I couldn't take him myself but thought it would be fine... Anyway the nurse did the first injection and my son pulled away and she scratched his arm with the needle. My husband said he was then very upset and struggling so when she did the second one she scratched him again and less then half of the vaccine went in. She said that this was fine and he couldn't have another one just in case some went in. Is this correct? I have come home from work as he was inconsolable (he's under assessment for autism) and his whole arm is bruised and his t-shirt is soaked with blood and vaccination fluid. I'm furious and kicking myself for not being with him. Also worried that he hadn't received enough vaccination (was the mmr one). Shall I complain? Thanks in advance!
She said that this was fine and he couldn't have another one just in case some went in
I would probably have a chat with the GP about when he can go in again, and this time you need to hold him tight.
The nurse didn't scratch him, he scratched himself on the needle because he wasn't still - she probably didn't want to try a third time, because she could see that he was already distressed, and didn't have the confidence that your husband would hold him still after he hadn't the first two times.
Slightly surprised they're being done in arms - my kids vaccs have all been done in thighs - I guess because they're a bigger target.
If you're worried about him missing the dose you could maybe ask for him to have another mmr in a couple of months. I think they can have another dose as soon as 4 weeks later. Although if this is already his second dose (booster) he may not need it. It's really just to catch the ~10% that aren't immune from the first dose. Maybe chat to your gp and see how you feel about it.