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Vaccinating children

The body of each child is protected by their immune system. It is in our power to strengthen this system even more, taking into account the characteristics of a child’s immune system.

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Vaccination of adults

An average adult is exposed to thousands of pathogens daily. The immune system, which works continuously and imperceptibly, protects the body from those pathogens.

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For healthcare workers

Healthcare workers professionals play a very important role in conducting vaccination. The information and explanations received from them affect people's decisions, and the feedback and statistics collected help direct vaccination policies.

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Travel vaccination

In order to avoid infectious diseases, travellers to risk areas should turn to their own family physician or travel medicine office at least 4 weeks before the trip, for a medical examination and, if necessary, to get vaccinated.

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Behaviour in case of side effects

In case of a suspected side effect of vaccination, contact your family physician or call the family physician helpline 1220. If emergency medical assistance is needed, call 112.

 

After vaccination, a fever (above 38.0°C) may be reduced with paracetamol. Information on the recommended dose can be found on the package and information leaflet of the medicine. If necessary, consult a pharmacist, family physician or nurse.

 

A cool compress may be applied to the swollen and red injection site, by using 20% alcohol solution, chamomile tea or just cold water.

 

If the child is restless and crying, the cause for this may be pain at the injection site, which can also be relieved with paracetamol.

 

On very rare occasions, a severe allergic reaction may occur in the form of an extensive itchy rash, swelling of the eyes and face, difficulty in breathing or swallowing.  In this case, seek immediate medical attention. To mitigate this risk, it is recommended that you wait for at least a quarter to half an hour in the doctor's office or in the waiting room after being vaccinated.