Who should not get vaccinated?

People with compromised immune systems should not get live vaccines. This includes people undergoing chemotherapy, people with AIDS, people with chronic diseases of the immune system and people with allergy to the particular vaccine. Only certain vaccines are recommended during pregnancy, so pregnant women need to speak to their doctor about which vaccinations are safe.
Anthony L. Komaroff, MD
Internal Medicine
Some people should not get certain vaccines or should wait to get them. For instance, children with compromised immune systems, such as those with cancer, may need to wait to be vaccinated. Anyone who has had a severe allergic reaction to a vaccine should not receive another dose. However, a person with a mild, common illness, such as a cold with a low-grade fever, can safely be vaccinated.

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Vaccines & Immunizations

Vaccines are commonly given to children in the form of a shot to help prevent serious diseases like measles and mumps. Vaccines are developed using either dead strains of a disease, weakened strains, or strains of a different dise...

ase. As adults, we receive flu vaccines or may need a booster of childhood vaccines to retain immunity. Travelers may receive vaccines either as a condition of entry to a country, or on recommendation of health officials. Generally there is little or no reaction to a vaccine, but in some cases the vaccine may cause an allergic reaction or a temporary, mild illness. Some vaccines are not safe for pregnant women, so it’s important to check with a healthcare professional.

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.