Because of low levels of vaccine-preventable diseases in the U.S., lack of knowledge
about the importance of vaccination, and unrealistic fears about the risks of
vaccination, some people are reluctant to get vaccinated or have their children vaccinated. Paul Offit has described the development of an anti-vaccination epidemic
based on misinformation and “irrational beliefs” about the risk of vaccination.
Unfortunately, many of the viruses and bacteria that cause illness still circulate in
the U.S. Recent outbreaks of measles, mumps, and pertussis (whooping cough)
among children who were not vaccinated are a vivid example of why it’s important
that children, especially infants and young children, teenagers, and adults, receive
recommended immunizations on time.
Who should not get vaccinated?
Some people should not get certain vaccines or should wait to get them. For instance,
children with compromised immune systems, as occurs with some cancer
treatments, often need to wait to be vaccinated. Be sure to tell your health care
provider if you have health problems or known allergies to medications or food. If
a person has had a severe allergic reaction to a vaccine, the following dose is not
recommended. However, a person with a mild, common illness, such as a cold with
a low-grade fever, does not have to wait to be vaccinated. For more information on
who should not get vaccinated, visit the CDC website.
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