This is the most fundamental and reasonable question every parents asks before following the recommended immunisation schedule. The answer, according to study after the study, is an emphatic yes.
The latest scientific paper to explore the question of vaccine safety is a review published in Pediatrics, a leading journal.
It found that serious problems following vaccination were ‘extremely rare’ and usually resolved quickly, adding that this very small risk is heavily outweighed by the ‘protective benefits that vaccines provide’.
In an accompanying commentary by Dr Carrie Byington, a leading US paediatrician, it is argued that being more open about rare adverse events could be reassuring – at least for doctors who can then offer confident reassurance to their patients.