Most people will use these three words to mean the same thing. This is because they are all referring to the same idea.
The viruses that are used for vaccines are either dead or so weak that they cannot be caught. Even children with a mild illness are usually fine to be vaccinated.
Vaccinations save lives. They are the most powerful tool we have to stop many dangerous illnesses. It may be tempting to think that there is no reason to vaccinate your child against diseases that seem rare. But the reason that these diseases seem rare is because vaccines have kept them from becoming devastating.
Vaccines also work better with each additional person who is vaccinated.
Almost all children should receive all recommended vaccinations. It is simpler to list who should not receive vaccines:
Your pediatrician will tell you whether or not your child can be vaccinated.
Those who have been recently vaccinated might have some swelling and soreness where they were injected. A very minor fever may occur. The benefits of receiving a vaccine far outweigh the possibility of the minor discomfort from these side effects.
Some children might have an allergic reaction to a vaccine. These instances are very rare. Your pediatrician is trained to treat these reactions in the unlikely event they happen.
If your child has a minor reaction like redness or swelling at the site of the shot, you can use a cool, wet cloth to ease the symptoms.
Reduce any fever with a cool sponge bath. Non-aspirin pain relievers may also be given if your pediatrician approves.
Call your doctor if you see something that concerns you. It is most likely a minor side effect, but your doctor can tell you whether or not your child needs to come in for treatment.