• My child is scheduled for his 3 year well child check and Im told not to be around people who have recently gotten vaccinated(live)?

    Asked by theresabarrett on Saturday, April 20, 2013

    My child is scheduled for his 3 year well child check and Im told not to be around people who have recently gotten vaccinated(live)?

    If this is true, do I postpone my childs vaccinations? or somehow protect myself from that?

    3 Answers from the Community

    • SueRae1's Avatar

      Wow that's a tough. Speak with your oncologist and your child's pediatrician. Most vaccines do not contain live viruses so you are safe. But it's best to find out what your child is scheduled to get and if it is safe for you. I'm sure that a plan that works for all can be put in place.

      over 3 years ago
    • AlizaMLS's Avatar

      Hi theresabarrett,

      I'm Aliza, the site's unofficial Medical Librarian. I offer answers (usually non medical),referrals to doctors, hospitals, institutions, agencies, books, media, etc. and research when required or requested. Since my little one is approaching 26 rapidly now, it's kind of had to recall which vaccinations she had and whether they were based on live or dead viruses.

      I think the best thing you can do is perhaps ask the pediatrician the above-live or dead viruses for the vaccinations, and if live, what would be the half life, so to speak, or the time in which an immunocompromised person could catch something from that (this should also definitely be checked with your oncologist as well). I don't think it's a great idea to delay your child's inoculations, but if grandma or an aunt or a close friend lives nearby, and the period isn't too long (if it's a live virus) perhaps a plan could be worked out. Sometimes with Cancer, you have to become creative...;)

      I wish you the best of luck with this issue and hope that you arrive at a solution that's satisfactory to you and your family.

      Warm Wishes,

      over 3 years ago
    • Lirasgirl33's Avatar

      I was in the same situation. I was also told not to be near anyone who had gotten a "live" vaccine. Fortunately the vaccines my kids were getting were not "live" so it wasn't a problem. So I guess it depends on what vaccines your child is getting. To be completely sure I would suggest calling your oncologist (since he/she is the one treating you) and let them know the situation. Make sure you give the doc the name/type of vaccine your son/daughter will receive so they can advise if it's live or not. Most are not but I would suggest asking the pediatrician as well. I'm sure there is a solution. Sorry I can't be of more help.

      over 3 years ago

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