This information tells you about the common side effects of immunisations that might occur in young people.
This information is to be used as a guide only. You should always seek advice from your GP or Health Visitor if you're worried.
After immunisations given to young people
The most common side effects are at the site where the injection was given, these include:
- a small hard lump
These symptoms usually pass within a couple of days and you don’t need to do anything about them. If you're still not happy with your child's reaction to any immunisation, speak to your practice nurse or GP.
After the HPV vaccination
Mild side effects of the HPV immunisation can include:
- slightly raised temperature
- joint pain
After the Td/IPV vaccination
Mild side effects of the Td/IPV immunisation can include:
- feeling sick
- swollen glands
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After the MMR vaccination
MMR is made up of 3 different vaccines (measles, mumps and rubella) which can cause reactions at different times after the injection.
Side effects after 6 to 10 days
After 6 to 10 days the measles vaccine starts to work and may cause a:
- measles-like rash
- loss of appetite
Side effects at 2 to 3 weeks
At around 2 to 3 weeks after the injection the mumps vaccine may cause mumps-like symptoms (fever and swollen glands) in some children.
Side effects at 12 to 14 days
Most commonly around 12 to 14 days after the injection the rubella vaccine may cause a brief rash and possibly a slightly raised temperature. On rare occasions, a rash may also occur up to 6 weeks later.
More information on the side effects of NHS vaccinations and immunisations can be found in the leaflets: