Who shouldn't get the hepatitis A vaccine?
While the hepatitis A vaccine is one of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recommended childhood vaccinations, those who fall into the following categories should not receive it:
- Kids who've had a severe allergic reaction to a previous hepatitis A shot.
- Kids who are moderately or severely ill (more than just a cold, for example) should wait to get vaccinated.
- Anyone who's pregnant (the safety of the hepatitis A vaccine has not been determined for expectant women, although there's no evidence that it's risky for fetuses either).
Talk to your doctor if you're concerned about whether or not the hepatitis A vaccine is safe for you or your child.