Who Shouldn't Be Vaccinated?
Kids with certain health problems may need to avoid specific vaccines. The best way to tell whether your child is in a high-risk group is to talk to your doctor. He should carefully review your child's health history, explain all the potential risks of each vaccine, brief you on possible side effects, and give you the comprehensive Vaccine Information Statements, put out by the CDC. In general, children with immune deficiencies, seizure disorders, or neurological problems need to be carefully evaluated -- some vaccines may be appropriate and safe; others may not. Since vaccines can prompt severe allergic reactions in people who are hypersensitive to one or more of their components (e.g., eggs or yeast), parents of children with certain food allergies or drug sensitivities should consult their doctors before receiving some vaccines.