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Which group of children should not be vaccinated?

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If your child has a cold, it’s usually OK for him to get his shots on time. But if he’s very ill, the doctor may want to wait a while. Make sure the doctor knows if your child is or has been sick before he gets a vaccine.

People with certain cancers and immune system problems should not get vaccines made with live viruses. These include the nasal spray flu vaccine (FluMist), chickenpox (varicella), and MMR. Be sure your child’s doctor knows about all his health conditions.

From: Children’s Vaccines: The Basics WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: 

Centers for Disease Control: "How Vaccines Work," "Recommended Immunizations for Children from Birth Through 6 Years Old," "2015 Recommended Immunizations for Children from 7 Through 18 Years Old."

American Academy of Pediatrics website: "Who Should Not Be Immunize," "AAP Immunizations Frequently Asked Questions: Vaccine Safety." 

DeStefano, F.  2013. The Journal of Pediatrics,

Drutz, J. UpToDate.

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on September 08, 2017

SOURCES: 

Centers for Disease Control: "How Vaccines Work," "Recommended Immunizations for Children from Birth Through 6 Years Old," "2015 Recommended Immunizations for Children from 7 Through 18 Years Old."

American Academy of Pediatrics website: "Who Should Not Be Immunize," "AAP Immunizations Frequently Asked Questions: Vaccine Safety." 

DeStefano, F.  2013. The Journal of Pediatrics,

Drutz, J. UpToDate.

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on September 08, 2017

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