Very few doctors inform parents about vaccine risks. But vaccine manufacturers place warnings in vaccine containers indicating who should not receive vaccinations. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) also make recommendations indicating who should not receive vaccinations. The AAP publishes a Report of the Committee on Infectious Diseases every four years; HHS has guidelines formulated by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), which appear in the Morbidity and Mortality Report published by the CDC. This information is included below:
POLIO: Children younger than 6 weeks; people who are ill, or who have cancer of the lymph system.
MEASLES: Children younger than 15 months; pregnant women; people who are ill, or who are allergic to eggs, chicken, feathers, or who have cancer, blood disease, or deficiencies of the immune system.
RUBELLA: Pregnant women; people who are allergic to eggs, chicken, duck, or feathers, or who have cancer, blood disease, or deficiencies of the immune system.
DPT: Any child past the 7th birthday, or who has had a severe reaction to a previous dose, or who has a personal history of convulsions or neurological disease, or who is acutely sick with a fever or respiratory infection, or who is taking medication that may suppress the immune system.
The three vaccine policymakers in America, noted above, do not "officially" consider the following conditions contraindications to the DPT vaccine. However, scientific literature published by pertussis vaccine researchers throughout the world for the past several decades indicates that such conditions may put a child at high risk:
1. The child is ill with anything, including a runny nose, cough, ear infection, diarrhea, or has recovered from a recent illness prior to a scheduled DPT shot.
2. The child has a family member who had a severe reaction to a DPT shot.
3. Someone in the child's immediate family has a history of convulsions or neurological disease.
4. The child was born prematurely or with low birth weight.
5. The child has a personal or family history of severe allergies (i.e., cow's milk, asthma, eczema).
Vaccines may also be contraindicated for certain people with special conditions not listed above. If you suspect that you or your child may be high risk for a reaction, Get The Facts!
Note: The information and recommendations in this section are subject to revisions by vaccine policymakers and new research. Also, keep in mind that screening your child for the contraindications listed above will not guarantee your child's safety. The Thinktwice Global Vaccine Institute receives numerous reports of damage and death following one or more vaccines. Often, the vaccine recipient was not officially contraindicated. If you have questions, doubts, or concerns regarding any of the information in this section, research this topic even further so that you may make informed decisions.