On Wednesday, my youngest had his two-year check up. And, as all you parents know, that meant immunizations. This time, there were two: Hep A and the Influenza vaccine. When we went in for the appointment, he’d already had a cough for about a week. The doctor listened to his lungs and checked him out. He was just fine. They gave him his shots, told me he was in the 97th percentile on growth (no surprise, he’s a big boy!) and sent us on our merry way.
Fast forward a couple of hours later. The fever begins. Moms and Dads, you’ve all been there after a round of shots. You know the drill. Tylenol. Some cuddling. A bath. He was up a few times that night at his dad’s coughing. 101 fever.
Thursday, the day after the shots, we got a call from the day care saying he had a fever and we needed to pick him up. He had a 101 fever and was acting sick. My ex went and got him.
By two this morning, his fever was 103. I gave him Tylenol and a bath. He finally fell asleep about an hour later. He woke up this morning just miserable. His fever was 102.5. I gave him another bath and more Tylenol. His fever went up to 102.9. The doctor said to bring him in.
We get to the doctor and, of course, he’s running around like a wild two-year old. The only way you’d know he was sick was his cough. Oh and the disgusting runny nose. His fever was gone. He was happy.
Any guesses as to what the doctor said, $30 later? If you guessed “virus,” you are right! Or, it could be a reaction to the vaccines, they said. Or… better yet… he could have gotten sick by going to the doctor’s office to get the vaccine.
He just woke up from a nap and is back up to 102.5…
So… my question for you is… should we bother with vaccines? The whole point is to make sure they don’t get sick. But, if we’re making them feel miserable in the process… is it worth it?