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Children's Vaccines Health Center

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Are Childhood Vaccines Safe?

When Should My Child NOT Get A Vaccine?

Vaccines are generally safe, but some children should wait to get them. And some shouldn’t get them at all. Check with your doctor if your child:

  • Has ever had a severe reaction to a vaccine or to any of its ingredients.
  • Is very ill. If she has a cold or the sniffles, it’s usually OK to vaccinate her.
  • Has a weak immune system either because of a disease (like cancer or HIV/AIDS) or due to medications, such as steroids, radiation therapy, or chemotherapy.

Always make sure your child’s doctor knows about her allergies and health conditions when you talk about vaccines. The doctor is the best source of information on which vaccines your child needs and can get safely.

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Reviewed on April 13, 2015

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