Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Guidelines for Vaccinating Allergic Children

The September issue of Pediatrics offers step-by-step guidelines for physicians to identify children who may have allergic reactions to vaccines and then safely vaccinate them by taking certain standard precautions.

The occurrence of allergic reactions to vaccines is approximately 1-2 per every million vaccinations. A previous reaction increases the risk for another.

With recent outbreaks of whooping cough and measles it is important to vaccinate as many children as are willing and is possible.

Being able to avoid reactions, which may reduce vaccine efficiency and scare parents from other vaccines, is important to promoting pediatric health.

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