Department of Health

Vaccine side effects

Common and rare side effects

Common side effects occur soon after vaccination and last one to 2 days. Generally no treatment is required.

This factsheet covers the following vaccines:

  • Diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis-(whooping cough)-polio
  • Diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (whooping cough)
  • Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)
  • Hepatitis B
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Influenza
  • Measles-mumps-rubella-varicella (chickenpox)
  • Measles-mumps-rubella vaccine
  • Meningococcal ACWY
  • Meningococal B
  • Pneumococcal vaccine
  • Polio
  • Rotavirus
  • Varicella (chickenpox)
  • Zoster (shingles)

For further information visit Immunisation.


Date published
06 Sep 2023

Reviewed 17 October 2023

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