Fainting After Vaccines

Have you heard about children getting dizzy or fainting (syncope) after getting a vaccine?

Although we usually hear about it after teens getting their vaccines, the “CDC has received reports of people fainting after nearly all vaccines.”

Fortunately, fainting after getting a vaccine does not cause any lasting effects, although getting hurt from a fall could. That’s why “experts recommend having patients sit in a chair or lay down when they receive a vaccination.  In addition, patients should be observed for 15 minutes after vaccination.”

A common vaccine side effect, it isn’t clear though if it is the vaccine or the pain from the shot that leads to the fainting. Teens commonly faint after other painful procedures too, such as getting a blood draw or donating blood.

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