Did you know that even the CDC says that some vaccines are not safe for everyone? They outline specific limitations on their website in regards to this very thing. They have recommendations and restrictions for each and every vaccine, but who is really reading this information?
There can be come very serious ramifications in the event that someone with an allergy get a flu shot, for example. If you have a very serious egg allergy, the CDC recommends you not get the flu shot. But, who really knows this information? Shouldn’t it be made more available to each and every patient rather than doctors and nurses assuming all are safe. There is no one size fits all in the vaccine world and what is good for the goose is not always good for the gander.
Let’s look at a few vaccines that have some exclusions. For example, the MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella ) vaccine: Did you know that the CDC states, “People should not get MMR vaccine who have ever had a life-threatening allergic reaction to gelatin, the antibiotic neomycin or to a previous dose of MMR vaccine.” Gelatin, really? How would a regular person know this information?
How about the DTaP? This immunization is a combination vaccine that protects against three bacterial illnesses: Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (whooping cough). The CDC says that there are some children that should not get DTaP vaccine or should wait.
Any child who had a life-threatening allergic reaction after a dose of DTaP should not get another dose. Any child who suffered a brain or nervous system disease within 7 days after a dose of DTaP should not get another dose.
They also state that you should talk to your doctor if your child has had a seizure or collapsed after a dose of DTaP, cried non-stop for 3 hours or more after a dose or had a fever over 105 degrees Fahrenheit after the vaccine.
As for the Hepatitis B vaccine, anyone with a life-threatening allergy to baker’s yeast or to any other component of the vaccine, should not get Hepatitis B vaccine. It also states for both the Hepatitis B and the Hib, the Haemophilus influenzae type B vaccine, that anyone who has had a life-threatening allergic reaction to a previous dose of these vaccines should not get them. And, anyone who is ill when a dose of vaccine is scheduled should probably wait until they recover before getting these vaccines. Also, the Hib is not recommended for children less than 6 weeks of age.
There are also several other vaccines that come with restrictions. For example, the Rotavirus vaccine. CDC states that, “A baby who has had a severe (life-threatening) allergic reaction to a dose of rotavirus vaccine should not get another dose. A baby who has a severe (life-threatening) allergy to any component of rotavirus vaccine should not get the vaccine.” You should also tell your doctor if your baby has any severe allergies that you know of, including a severe allergy to latex. Babies with “severe combined immunodeficiency” (SCID) should not also get the vaccine.
How about the chickenpox vaccine? Is anyone excluded from it? CDC states that, “People should not get chickenpox vaccine if they have ever had a life-threatening allergic reaction to a previous dose of chickenpox vaccine or to gelatin or the antibiotic neomycin.”
As previously stated, this is not a one size fits all scenario. If you have any questions concerning your specific health situation or that of your child’s, be sure to get an answer and a definite yes or no, before proceeding with the vaccine. Remember, it is always better to be safe, than to be sorry.
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