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When your child receives a vaccination, ask the nurse or doctor for a list (usually from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) of reactions or side effects that might occur. Common, mild, and moderate reactions from most vaccines may include swelling, tenderness, fever, headaches, and even crankiness and fatigue. If your child seems to be experiencing one of the rare but serious side effects, such as an allergic reaction, a seizure, reduced consciousness, or difficulty breathing, call 911 immediately.
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