Main Content Anchor

Common Post-Immunisation Side Effects

VZV Varicella Zoster (Chicken Pox)

  • Localised pain, redness and swelling at injection site.
  • Low grade temperature (fever).
  • Seen 5-26 days after vaccination: Pustular rash (2-5 lesions) usually at injection site which occasionally covers other parts of the body.

MMR (Measles/Mumps/Rubella)

  • Seen 7 to 10 days after vaccination:
  • Low grade temperature (fever) lasting 2-3 days, faint red rash (not infectious), head cold and/or runny nose puffy eyes
  • Drowsiness or tiredness
  • Swelling of salivary glands.

Men CCV (Meningococcal C)

  • Irritable, crying, unsettled and generally unhappy.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Headache (usually observed in adolescent/adults).
  • Localised pain, redness and swelling at injection site.
  • Low grade temperature (fever).

DTPa-containing vaccines & dTpa (Diphtheria/Tetanus/ Whooping Cough)

  • Irritable, crying, unsettled and generally unhappy.
  • Drowsiness or tiredness.
  • Localised pain, redness and swelling at injection site.
  • Low grade temperature (fever).

Influenza

  • Drowsiness or tiredness.
  • Muscle aches.
  • Localised pain, redness and swelling at injection site.
  • Low grade temperature (fever).

IPV & IPV containing vaccines (Inactivated Polio vaccine)

  • Muscle aches.
  • Localised pain, redness and swelling at the injection site.
  • Low grade temperature (fever).

Hepatitis B

  • Localised pain, redness and swelling at injection site.
  • Low grade temperature (fever).

Hib (Haemophilus Influenza type B) 

  • Localised pain, redness and swelling at injection site.
  • Low grade temperature (fever).

Rotavirus (Rotarix Oral Vaccine)

  • Causes occasional diarrhoea or vomiting in the week following administration.

 13vPCV (Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine)

  • Localised pain, redness and swelling at injection site.
  • Occasionally injection site nodule may last many weeks (no treatment needed).


Last updated on 15 July 2015