Common side effects include:
● Some people may feel faint after the vaccination o Sit for 15 minutes to avoid fainting
● Pain, redness and swelling at the injection site o You may place a cold compress over the affected area for relief o You may take paracetamol for pain relief o Small, red lesions usually appear then slowly decrease in size and eventually disappear after six months o Some people may have a slight superficial scar
● Headache and fever o You may take paracetamol to treat the headache or fever o For newborns, see doctor for medical advice if fever persists
Please see a doctor if these side effects do not get better or become worse.
Rare but serious side effects include:
Rarely, infection or swelling of lymph nodes with/without pus formation at the armpit (same side injection was given) may occur. The symptoms of a drug allergy include one or more of the following: ● Swollen face/eyes/lips/tongue● Difficulty in breathing● Itchy skin rashes over your whole bodyIf you experience any of these symptoms, you should inform your healthcare professional immediately.
Inform your healthcare professional if:● You are allergic to this vaccine or any of the other ingredients of this vaccine● You are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding● You are taking any other medications● You have a weak immune system due to an illness such as Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection or cancer● You are currently on treatment which weakens your immune system such as medications (e.g. steroids) or radiation therapy to the bone marrow● You are currently not feeling well and having a fever● You have a skin infection that affects the whole body● You have recently received any other vaccines
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