Who shouldn't get the pneumococcal vaccine?
While the pneumococcal vaccine is one of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recommended childhood vaccinations, children who fall into the following categories should not receive it:
- Kids who've had a severe allergic reaction (including difficulty breathing, hoarseness or wheezing, hives, paleness, a fast heart beat or weakness or dizziness) to a previous pneumococcal shot.
- Kids who are moderately or severely ill (more than just a cold, for example) should wait to get vaccinated.
Talk to your doctor if you're concerned about whether or not the pneumococcal vaccine is safe for your child.