After Your School Immunisation

After Your School Immunisation

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24 February 2009
Revision date: 
November 2016
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Information for school children and their families following immunisation.

You agreed to your child having an immunisation at school. 

How your child may feel after the immunisation and what can help

Common reactions after immunisation usually go away after a few days. Serious immunisation reactions are very rare.

What your child may feel What can help
  • Swelling and pain at the injection site (hard and sore to touch)
  • Heavy arm
  • Nausea (feeling sick)
  • Headache, aches and pains
  • Dizziness
  • Place a cold, wet, cloth or ice pack where the injection was given. Leave it on for a short time.
  • Do not rub the injection site.
  • Rarely, your child may have a high fever, that is, over 39 degrees.
  • Remove layers of clothing.
  • Give extra fluids to drink.
  • Give paracetamol or ibuprofen for relief of significant discomfort or high fever.

If you have any concerns, ring your family doctor.

It is important to have both doses of HPV vaccine to be fully protected. If you have any questions, ring the public health nurse. Please do not contact the school.

If you cannot contact your family doctor or public health nurse you can call Healthline on 0800 611 116.

It is important to report any unexpected side effects after immunisation to your family doctor or the public health nurse. If you are unsure about whether a symptom might be related to the vaccine, discuss this with your family doctor or the public health nurse. 

Health professionals should report reactions that happen after immunisation to the Centre for Adverse Reactions Monitoring (CARM). You can also report them by emailing CARM or using the online reporting form on the CARM website.