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What to ask your doctor before getting a vaccination

Published On: Jul 12 2013 10:56:15 AM CDT
Updated On: Aug 22 2013 09:58:49 AM CDT
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Before getting a vaccination for yourself or your child, there are certain questions you might want to ask your doctor to clear up any concerns. Here are some possible questions you might want to ask your physician.

What are the possible side effects? It’s a good idea to know what to watch for after getting a vaccination so you know if you or your child is experiencing a severe reaction.

What should I do if I or my child suffers a severe reaction from the vaccine? Ask your doctor what qualifies as a severe reaction and what steps you should take if a severe reaction does occur.

Do I need a booster? Check with your doctor to see if you just need one vaccination or if you need to return for a series of boosters against the disease.

What new vaccines do I or my child need? Check with your doctor if there are any newer vaccinations available that you or your child has not received yet.

Should I request a thimerosal-free flu shot for my child? There is strong evidence that there is no connection between thimerosal and autism, however, thimerosal-free flu shots are available upon request.

How do I know when I am due for vaccinations? Ask your doctor if the clinic sends any reminders for when vaccinations are due, or if you can access your charts online to keep yourself on schedule.