Common situations that do not interfere with getting immunized

Immunizations are safe even if your child:

  • Currently has or is recovering from a minor illness, such as a cold, ear infection, vomiting, or diarrhea.
  • Has a slight fever.
  • Has had recent exposure to someone with a contagious disease.
  • Was born early (prematurely).
  • Had a mild reaction (such as redness at the site of the injection or a slight fever) from a previous injection.
  • Is currently taking antibiotics.
  • Has had allergies or seizures or has a family history of such problems.
  • Has had allergic reactions to penicillin or other antibiotics (except for a history of severe reactions to neomycin or streptomycin).

Immunizations may also be given to pregnant women, except for the following:

Talk to your doctor if you have concerns about the safety of immunizations.

Last Updated: February 26, 2010

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