Parents are often following school policy when they bring their child to the doctor to receive the Tdap vaccine, but they may be unaware of the potential side effects that can occur if their child suffers certain rare Tdap vaccine reaction.
Tdap protects children against three very serious conditions –tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis. Most people will benefit from the Tdap vaccine, but there are very rare but serious side effects that can occur as a result of the Tdap vaccine.
Among the most dangerous vaccine reactions are three very serious and debilitating conditions-Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS), brachial neuritis and anaphylaxis.
GBS and brachial neuritis can cause severe muscle pain and weakness. Patients diagnosed with Guillain-Barre after a vaccine can also suffer paralysis.
Anaphylaxis is a severe and deadly allergic reaction. People who experience anaphylaxis after a vaccine can have extreme difficulty breathing and can go into cardiac arrest. Parents are urged to monitor their children for signs of an allergic reaction or respiratory distress following inoculation.
Muscle pain and weakness related to brachial neuritis takes longer to manifest. Patients who develop brachial neuritis after a vaccine tend to experience symptoms within 28 days after receiving the Tdap vaccine. Parents who notice their children experiencing pain or weakness of the extremities should also be concerned with GBS, which can occur weeks after vaccination.
Muscle pain, weakness, tingling sensations and difficulty breathing may be symptoms of a vaccine reaction. Parents who notice any physical changes in a child who recently received a vaccine should contact a doctor immediately to diagnose the vaccine injuries.