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Who should not get the pertussis vaccine?

If your child has a moderate to severe illness, he should wait until he is well before receiving the pertussis vaccine. If your child has ever had a severe allergic reaction, has had a seizure, or lost consciousness after receiving the pertussis vaccine, they should not get the vaccine. If your child is taking medicine to suppress her immune system (following an organ transplant, for instance), or is taking blood thinners or cyclosporine, he should not get the vaccine. If your child developed an auto-immune disease called Guillian-Barre syndrome within six weeks of getting a dose of the vaccine, he should not get another dose. If your child is receiving treatment for cancer or has HIV AIDS, he should not get the pertussis vaccine.

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