Vaccines, like any medicine, can have side effects that are usually mild and brief. Most children are fine after getting a shot. Side effects are usually minimal and last less than 24 hours. In rare cases, a child may have a serious allergic reaction. The risks of a serious reaction happening are lower than the risks of the diseases the shots prevent. After your child receives a vaccination (shot), your child will be asked to wait for 15 minutes to make sure that there are no side effects.
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Whooping cough is also known as Pertussis, is a highly contagious infection of the respiratory tract.
Whooping cough is also known as pertussis. It is a highly contagious infection of the respiratory tract (lungs and throat) caused by a bacteria called Bordetella Pertussis. Infection with whooping cough can cause a mild cough to severe disease.
Anyone of any age can get the hepatitis B vaccine. People of certain high risk categories are able to receive the provincially funded vaccine through our Health Unit.
Invasive pneumococcal disease is a sudden and serious illness caused by a bacteria called streptococcus pneumonia.
Tetanus is often known as “lockjaw”, and is spread by a bacteria. The bacteria lives in dirt, soil and dust. It may also be in human and animal stool (poop) and sometimes in animal saliva (spit).
Please be advised that the Vaccine Distribution Program at the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit will be undergoing a change to our inventory database and vaccines will not be available for distribution from June 22 to July 17.
Measles is a virus that’s very contagious. Most people recover from infection, but measles can have serious complications and lead to long-term health problems.
Ontario’s Provincial government passed a regulation in 2012 that allows Ontario pharmacists to be a part of Ontario’s Universal Influenza Immunization Program (UIIP). This regulation allows trained pharmacists to administer the publicly funded influenza vaccine to Ontarians who are five years of age and older. Our Health Unit is responsible for inspecting the vaccine fridges that house the influenza vaccine during the season and dispensing the publicly funded influenza vaccine to the participating local pharmacists.
It’s important to have a discussion with your doctor if you’re thinking about getting pregnant. To have the healthiest pregnancy and healthiest baby possible, take the time to discuss these nine questions with your doctor: